The dumb luck of how we communicate

"English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education -- sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street." -- E.B. White, "English Usage," as collected in "The Second Tree From the Corner" (1954)Even the best of our writing will eventually have dated elements, will use words no one uses anymore or be judged…Read more The dumb luck of how we communicate

A good quote needs no editing, baseball edition

So, you may have heard that Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter tonight. It's the first no-no in the playoffs since 1956, decades before the playoff format Halladay pitched in existed.One player refused to believe that his team simply was beaten. Orlando Cabrera said, and I quote:"[H]e and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him…Read more A good quote needs no editing, baseball edition