Friday, December 03, 2004

My absence

In the event that you've wondered why I haven't been posting much for the past few months, the answer is quite simple: prospectus. Since my dissertation prospectus is now done, my grading is almost caught up, and my job applications are in, I can start doing things I enjoy again, like pointing out that this is interesting.

Use of Strunk and White considered harmful

If you haven't already read it, you should definitely read today's Language Log post on how listening to prescritive grammarians and “language mavens” can increase your chances of suffering from alzheimer's disease. I say this only partially in jest, wondering all the while what the information-density of my writing actually is. Alzheimer's disease runs in my family (and many other Scandinavian American families, for that matter) so the thought that I can stave off dementia through the use of adjectives is comforting.