look what I'm getting for my birthday...



  1. You shouldn't have opened that until next Tuesday, it won't be a surprise now!

    Anyway, Happy Birthday for next week, Lynne.

  2. I didn't open it--I helped in ordering it. The spine will not be cracked before Tuesday, I swear!

    Now...who is Strawman? A penpal or a Scrabbler?

  3. Excellent blog
    But must admit I am definitely in need of some linguist help!

  4. So, will you just copy great passages out of your present for future blog entries, then? ;)

  5. The first thing is to check it and gloat about anything that I've covered that Algeo hasn't!

  6. And that is exactly what she did the second she opened it. She checked for 'Jinx' and then cackled that it wasn't in the book.

  7. BH is right--that's what I've been doing, though the jinx cackling (actually, it was snap I looked up!) isn't really fair.

    The book is a "Handbook of word and grammar patterns", which means it's not attempting to be a dictionary--so straight translational differences like pants/trousers are not to be found there.

    A quick test of whether this blog is redundant, given the existence of this book, gives me hope that my (and my blog's) wretched existence contributes something to the world. I looked at my September archives and found that both Algeo and I mention in/on the High Street/on Main Street, to sit an exam, burglar(iz)e and pressur(iz)e. (I'm using -ize spellings because Algeo does.)

    NOT covered by Algeo (but still fitting within the purpose of his book) are: passive sit and to set an exam paper.

    Not covered by Algeo, but present at varying degrees of standardi{s/z}ation in the two Englishes (so not just BrE or AmE, and therefore arguably not necessary for his book): die/dice, orient(at)e, and acclimat(is)e.

    By the way, thanks for the compliment, City Slicker.

    And welcome to our (that's the royal our) beloved BH, making his first appearance in the comments!

  8. If you haven't yet got "Coping with England" and "Coping with America", you should -- they're delightful. (Several of the other "Coping with ..." books are fun, too.) They cover rather more than language, but the other parts are just as good.


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