What is acceptable English?

Well, I missed US National Punctuation Day (September 24) but, as you can see from the title, this blog post is neither about punctuation nor about the differences between British and American punctuation styles. I wanted, instead, to muse (briefly) about what 'acceptable' English is. Some people have argued that standard written English is the … Continue reading What is acceptable English?

English pronouns and gender

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, hit the headlines last week after it published internal advice on the use of third-person pronouns to refer to individual transgender*  and genderqueer* students. The advice divided opinion in the media but does raise an important question for writers and their editors, who … Continue reading English pronouns and gender