Thursday, December 4, 2014

Either Pronunciation

Well, I guess I'll quit trying to force the pronunciation of "either" to be with an "e" sound to start.  The controversy involving Americans and British need not begin Revolutionary War II.  That having been said, however, how many of you remember your teachers' discussing "either . . . or" and "neither . . . nor" and using the "i" sound to start "either" and "neither"?  A very small percentage, I feel sure.  I believe the late comedic genius--and grammar expert, no less--George Carlin put it this way:  "Why do you think the "e" pronunciation is given first in most dictionaries?!"

I'll remind readers, by the way, that I'm making a concerted effort to eliminate the word "nor" from the English language.  I can no longer find one logical, proper use of that word.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Grammar Police Thwarted

Outlaw:  He could have went to work today.
Police:  Haven't you ever heard of past participles?
Outlaw:  Oh, yeah, I seen 'em.
Police:  Now I know why they're called past participles.  They've gone.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

At Least it's not Russ's

You may have heard of Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken.  If it were a mom-and-pop outfit with only one location, this blog entry would not be interesting.  Fortunately it's a chain; so there are many outlets for Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken.  In other words, there are plenty of Gus'ses--that's right, three syllables, no less--oops, no fewer!  At least it's not Russ's.  Considering all the Russ'ses would remind me of the horror movie, Sssssss, a snake-filled production starring Strother ("Men, what we have here is failure to communicate.") Martin.  But I digress.  It turns out there's a bit more--and less--to Gus's.  I checked a phone directory for the correct full name of the company.  There are several locations in our area.  But gus--I mean--guess what?  One was listed as Gus . . .  and another as Guss's . . ..  That latter one I phoned to be sure it was the same outfit.  Yep, it is.  Either the employee or the phone folks must have misspelled Gus's.  I didn't bother to call the one listed as Gus . . ., since I figured a similar kind of snafu existed.  Anyway, if they can't get Gus's right, I doubt they're curious about all the Gus'ses, right?

By the way, many spell my nickname Les as "Less."  In fact, I use that idea in another blog,

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Rule Number Eight

Friends and neighbors, put "i" before "e" except after "c," unless the word is either foreign or weird--per Keith and Marcie Lieber.