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‘Weird Al’: English Teacher of the Year? 1

“Weird Al” Yankovic, king of pop-song parodies, has done more for the English language this week than some teachers do in a year.  To promote his latest album, Mandatory Fun — which contains parodies of Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”) and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”) — “Weird Al” is in the midst of releasing eight […]

Grammar Points #2: Don’t Mention ‘Not to Mention’

Did your high school English teacher remind you to “Don’t state the obvious” when writing research papers or essays? Well, the same holds true in any kind of writing. If you have to mention “not to mention” — which usually means “to say nothing of something too obvious to mention” — then don’t mention it. “Our […]

Where Is One of the Last Places You Want to See Typos?

I hate typos, but we’re all guilty of making them. What really frustrates me, as a writer and editor, is seeing completely inexcusable typos. Near downtown Madison, Wis., for example, a restaurant illuminates a fluorescent sign every single night that reads: “Immediate Seatnig.” Lately I’ve noticed typos in one public place where they should never be: […]