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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | April 16, 2008
A listener of a Seattle radio station wants to know why so many people say ?nauseous? when she believes they should be saying ?nauseated.? A bookstore patron in Portland wants to know whether ?over? can be used for ?more than.? A radio host in San Francisco wants to know where people get the nerve to tell her she can?t say ?Me and Bob will be there? in casual conversation. And I want to know how I ended up playing expert on a subject in which I often have to look things up myself.
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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | July 25, 2007
According to a new study, people with Tourette Syndrome may have better mental grammar skills than normal people. This is terrible news. Not for them. For me. How am I, a dyed-in-the-wool smart aleck, supposed to report this important grammar-related news without stooping to making cheap Tourette jokes? Clearly I can't. So my only hope is to quickly explain the highlights of the researchers' findings then move on to a related grammar lesson. The study, conducted by the Georgetown University Medical Center and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, starts off by pointing out that, contrary to what I once learned from an episode of "L.A.
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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | April 11, 2007
Here's a little quiz that I just made up to test your sanity and that may or may not speak volumes about my own. Which of the following is the best reason to open a book: A. To learn something you don't know. B. To find in print something you already know. If you answered A, you may have a fulfilling life ahead of you as a writer or a real estate broker or an engineer or a homemaker or a teacher or partner in a real-life human relationship. Indeed, an answer of A suggests that you may be completely sane.
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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | January 31, 2007
I'm writing another grammar book. And my deadline is five days after the deadline for this column. Which means I'd rather talk about almost anything except grammar — like my theory about how the writers of "Lost" will make sense out of all those titillating tidbits that have kept us hooked for so long (they won't), or my proposal to fix congestion on our nation's freeways: Close them to everyone but Corolla-driving columnists (on second thought, maybe the streets aren't big enough for me and Arianna Huffington)
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