More on that subject – including a discussion – can be found in the New York Times.
Tag Archives: English
My idea is that the verb “like” can not have a progressive form, but I found this, “you’re liking the last one already” in a comment in the New York Times.
I have not done any reasearch yet, but to my mind the use of the progressive form seems to be more frequent in American English.
the coffee shop cafe writing scene
found in: The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2010
On the whole, quite an interesting article, dealing with those people who seem to sit at a coffee shop table for hours on end, typing away on their laptops. I recently noticed that at Starbucks here in San Antonio, at the Quarry Market. There, nearly every table was occupied – and thus blocked – by just one person, not consuming anytning, but using their laptops.
I do like that word!
“one-half of one-half of 700 years”
found in: Texas Highways Magazine, Oct. 2010, p. 9 [in an article about the 175th anniversary of the Texas revolution]
What a word! And why choose 700 years as a base? That seems strange to me. 500 or 1,000 would make more sense, I think. Or why not simply say “175th anniversary”?
That’s what the New York Times had recently called David Axelrod, the president’s chief adviser.
What an amazing language the English language is! As this quote from the San Antonio Express-News proves. I’d never have dared to use that superlative. But then, maybe it’s just the shortness of language required in a headline.
Now isn’t that a mouthful of a word? Reminds me of Mary Poppins’ “supercalifragilisticexpialegocious” – only that Mary Poppins only made that word up, whereas “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” really exists, cf.
“pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (NOO-muh-noh-UL-truh-MY-kruh-SKOP-ik-SIL -i-koh-vol-KAY-no-KOH-nee-O-sis, nyoo-) – noun – A lung disease caused by inhaling fine particles of silica. – [From New Latin, from Greek pneumono– (lung) + Latin ultra– (beyond, extremely) + Greek micro– (small) + –scopic (looking) + Latin silico (like sand) + volcano + Greek konis (dust) + -osis (condition).] – Even though we have included the pronunciation of this word, we advise caution lest you may have to avail the services of an otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist). – At 45 letters, it’s the longest word in any English language dictionary. It’s a trophy word — its only job is to serve as the longest word. In day-to-day use, its nine-letter synonym “silicosis” works just as well. Whatever you call it, it is deadly. Here’s the story of an incident.”
That’s what the San Antonio Express-News calls the first male prostitute in a Nevada brothel.
cf. San Antonio Express-News, Sunday, January 23, 2010, p. 15A