3-2-10: National Grammar Day, Local Grammar Expert

March 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm 3 comments

Thursday is National Grammar Day. To help you get your its/it’s and your their/they’re straight, we convinced grammarian extraordinaire John McIntyre to visit the WYPR studios.

Mr. McIntyre ran the Baltimore Sun‘s copy desk for 14 years, and he blogs at You Don’t Say. He tells Sheilah about several matters currently on the minds of copy editors, including portmanteaus, “skunked terms,” and, sadly, job hunting.

John McIntyre will portray Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a production of Annie at Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill, starting Friday, April 23. More information at memorialplayers.org.

Want to know who will be closing down the bars at the April meeting of the American Copy Editors Society, the different speeds at which different aspects of language evolve, and the pros and cons of euphemism? Listen to the rest of the interview:

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Claire  |  March 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm


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  • 3. Cindy Faith  |  March 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Many thanks for this wonderful interview! I loved Mr. McIntyre’s personality and opinions. I have turned to his blog to find out more about this interesting fellow. Who knows? Perhaps I will learn something about grammar and good writing along the way…


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