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The “gate” suffix; We haven’t heard this offender in a little while (Enrongate was especially galling) but it is only a matter of time in an election year before we have Iraq-gate, Halliburton-gate, or your-name-here-gate. What if the famous hotel/apartment complex had merely been known as 2600 Virginia Ave?p>Irregardless; Overuse of a term does not make it correct, people! My wife has made it clear she no longer wishes to be the recipient of my verbal broadsides in defense of the English language, so I am forced to hold my tongue. At least I know I’m not the only one. br> — Joel D br> Grand Rapids, Michigan /p>
I would like to contribute another item to Reid Collins’ litany of the erosion of English: the apparently irreversible use of “everyday” when basic grammar and common sense both call for “every day.” The one-word form has an honorable and proper purpose as an adjective meaning “common” or “ordinary,” but it is clearly misplaced when the time phrase meaning “daily” is meant. Thanks to the ad agencies of America for this one…p>But let’s not let the barbarians advance much further (or is it farther?)! br> — Dave Williams /p> p> In regards to Ms. Evelyn Leinbach regrets over creating a monster by teaching her husband that “loan” is a noun. There is no need for her husband to yell at the television anymore; unfortunately there never was. I regret to inform her that it is both a noun and verb. M-w.com has an interesting account of the development of its use and asserts, “Although a surprising number of critics still voice objections, loan is entirely standard as a verb.” br> — Tom Reynolds br> Wharton, New Jersey
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?