The BBC laments how Americans are destroying the English language.
Which reminds me, remember Google Ngrams? Everyone was playing with it a couple of months ago. Anyway, it allows you to compare trends in usage among different words and phrases, but only in one language at a time. It would be really cool if it showed usage of the same word (or different words describing the same concept) over time for both British and American English on the same graph.
Rosemary Feal, executive director of the Modern Language Association, talking with Slate’s Ben Yagoda about why Americans put commas or periods within quotation marks while the British style is to put punctuation outside quote marks.
Yagoda’s response: “I don’t doubt Feal, but the appearance argument doesn’t carry much heft today; more to the point is that we are simply accustomed to the style.”
» Read his punctuated argument at Slate. For more word nerdiness, check out Trove’s Grammar & Language channel. (via trove)
Here’s the story on Slate.