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Times-ian Haiku, and Other News

April 3, 2013 | by

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  • Foxing and diapers: learn the anatomy of a book.
  • A Tumblr blog displays incidental New York Times haiku (not all of which mention nature, but still).
  • The AP has dropped illegal immigrant from its stylebook. The New York Times (haiku generators) are considering following suit.
  • A Jane Austen guide to thrift. Retrench!
  • “I am officially Very Poorly”: Iain Banks reveals that he has terminal cancer.
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    It Is Hoped

    April 24, 2012 | by

    Linguists and grammarians the world over may weep into their Manuals of Style, but the march of progress continues: as of this week, the AP Stylebook has altered its definition of hopefully. As they tweeted, “We now support the modern usage of hopefully: It's hoped, we hope.”

    (Previously, the accepted definition was, “In a hopeful manner.”)

    As the AP deputy standards editor David Minthorn told the Washington Post somewhat mournfully, “We batted this around, as we do a lot of things, and it just seemed like a logical thing to change. We’re realists over at the AP. You just can’t fight it.”

    Naturally, the decision has been controversial. While some have heralded the AP’s flexibility, others, like editor Rob Rheinalda, take a dimmer view, opining, “It’s lazy and it’s subjective. The speaker presumes that everyone shares that hope.” The WaPo piece had generated 680 comments as of this writing. Is Rome burning? Or is language simply in perpetual flux?

    We are reminded here of the immortal words of Ken Kesey, who, in his Paris Review interview, remarked, “As you get older and hopefully wiser, you find that blame and punishment beget only more blame and punishment.” Amen.

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