English Usage
[ Issue 43 ]

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English Usage

In the Web Line column for Issue 43 Tony Rogers points us to some Web sites related to the use of English in todays media-driven world.

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Web Line — Tony Rogers


Here are four sites bearing on English usage.

American Newspeak is a satirical ezine celebrating cutting edge advances in Orwellian Doublethink, scavenged from the back pages of our finer newspapers. What more is there to say other than to remind you that this site is frequently updated with current examples and comment thereon?

Proudly displaying the motto “A society is as lax as its language”, The Vocabula Review commits its efforts to spreading the good word about the proper use of English. It was fairly accurately described by one reviewer as “snooty but entertaining. What do you think?

“Entertaining, educational, and provocative”, The James Murray Society has as its goal “to provide a safe harbor where those who care about English (and using it well) can share ideas, thoughts, questions . . . and take shelter from the storm” that seems to gather around doublespeak, vogue terms and other undesirable manifestations in the modern use of English.

The Rhetorica Network offers analysis and commentary about the rhetoric, propaganda, and spin of journalism and politics, including analysis of presidential speeches and election campaigns.” There are comprehensive news media links, a rhetoric textbook, together with a very useful primer of critical techniques. Run by Dr. Andrew R. Cline of Park University

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