5 comments on “Best Grammar Blog of 2011 now finished

  1. Comment posted by John Cowan on

    Not surprising that the winners of a popularity contest are the prescriptive usage blogs. “For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.”

    1. Comment posted by Keith Houston on

      Hi John,

      Thanks for the comment. I can’t complain — Shady Characters isn’t really a grammar blog at all, and I’m quietly (or perhaps not so quietly) smug that it did so well regardless!

    2. Comment posted by Jonathon on

      Who’re you calling a prescriptivist? Them’s fightin’ words!

      Though I do occasionally give usage advice, I’m more interested in examining the motivations behind prescriptivism and debunking bad rules.

      And thanks, Keith, for the link and the shout-out.

    3. Comment posted by Keith Houston on

      Hi Jonathan — no problem. I’ve just started reading your site, and I’m enjoying it a lot!

  2. Comment posted by Jonathon on

    Thanks! I’m enjoying your site too. The topic of the pilcrow came up at work the other day when I found out that none of my coworkers knew what it was called. (They called it “the paragraph symbol thingy”.) I thought about blogging about it, but I think I’ll just send them the link to your posts instead.

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