A lot of the time I’m cool. I only venture my opinions on grammar, usage, and the English language when people ask me to. It’s been a hard week in that regard.
1. One of the books I read this week (or last week technically) had a map with the word “Nantucket” slapped right on Provincetown (which is at the end of Cape Cod). Provincetown might not be famous outside of the Northeast and gay communities across the States, but surely everyone knows that Nantucket is an island? The other book had a kerning problem. (Stop swooning, B.) The “s” and the “h” touched. This happens in certain fonts, one of the book designer’s tasks is to keep that from happening. And if I notice it, it’s a pretty obvious problem.
2. DP and I were minding our own business, as much as we ever do, eating pizza at one of our favorite new pizza joints, when we heard a woman say “Let’s take it to the next level.” She was having dinner with a coworker. I think they were lawyers. Note to self: People who use “let’s take it to the next level” in casual speech should be denied service in restaurants.
3. One of my friends got his article accepted (with revisions) to a journal. It was the first time he had had an article accepted and was asking me about the process. Those of you who are familiar with APA style know that on the cover page of a paper you put “Running head: TITLE OF ARTICLE”. This is to indicate to the journal publishers how you would like the title to appear in the running head (i.e., the heading at the top of the page once it was published). My friend’s second reviewer said something like “There were many strengths in the article titled ‘Running Head On the Study of Earwax in Kittens’…”.
4. Yahoo! News had some stupid headline about a Sandy Hook mother “still” dreaming about her child. I’m sorry. That was two weeks ago. That woman is lucky to sleep; of course she is dreaming about her dead child. Jesus H. Christ. Hire an editor with a conscience.
What pisses you off?