[Ads-l] Slang a la the NYT

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 11 17:09:19 UTC 2014

At least your nitpick is substantive.

On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM, Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:

> Kory is a bright light from what I have seen and heard of her work at
> M-W (for whom I still freelance).
> I would not dismiss her or her work based on this common use.
> Dave Wilton is spot on re: the editorial review: It was my senior editor
> at M-W who reviewed my letters to correspondents, pointed out my uses of
> things like "lay" for "lie" and "hopefully" that would set off
> prescriptivists, and recommended that I should avoid them lest they have
> the reaction that y'all are demonstrating here.
> Yep, the lay/lie distinction is fading in the dialect. Deal with it.
> (And I just yesterday gave a local organization grief for a "during the
> Mexican War in 1945" typo on a poster. [Twice on the same poster, 1945
> for 1845.] So I can be just as nitpicky as another.)
> ---Amy West

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