Monthly Archives: October 2008

Voter Caging (word study)

After hearing reports of widespread voter caging (voter suppression) across the United States, I grew curious about the derivation of the term and looked up “caging” in Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Here is the salient part of the definition: caging (1556).   … Continue reading

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Compound Possessive (noun + pronoun)

This morning, I received the following question about compound possessives from William Tate: What about when yourself and someone else are in possession. Do you say “me and Sarah’s house” or “Mine and Sarah’s house” or “Sarah’s and my house”? … Continue reading

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Grammar Contest Winner

Tim Dougherty, an English teacher at a Catholic school in Delaware, is the third winner of a March 2008 grammar contest on this blog. Here is the sentence that I invited readers to correct: Dr. Gonstead was a pioneer in … Continue reading

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