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  •  My father has a degree in English (9+ / 0-)

    from Northeastern U, and did in fact teach for a time before he figured out that business would feed his family better. He had a concentration in Elizabethan Lit (which very much helped me when studying Shakespeare, Donne, and others) and has always had a great interest in New England lit like Hawthorne.

    He was never a pedant about it, though. But he did teach us proper American English: He* is a fan of the Oxford comma, and all sorts of other minute details.

    I went on to teach for a while, and my younger brother currently teaches. No one in my family--except perhaps in a comment thread and then by honest mistake--would make those kinds of mistakes speaking or writing.

    If I were to get started on the subjunctive mood, or on who/whom, or God forfend the deeply incorrect construct "comprised of" which is even seen today in journalism? Well, you could not contain me.

    *Dad taught us that there is a difference between "A man, his wife, and her girlfriend" and "A man, his wife and her girlfriend" with a particularly ribald joke.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 12:42:15 PM PDT

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