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  • The Latest: Girls and other mysteries

    'City of Brick and Shadow'
  • A Word, Please: Trickiness of 'none' complicated by too many words before the verb

    Not long ago in this space, I wrote about exceptions to a grammar rule. I added, ""But none of those exceptions apply in modern publishing." Soon after, I got an email from a reader named Charles. "With all due respect," he wrote, "'none' is singular...

    A Word, Please: A guide on how to write names of holidays

    The new year, that is, New Year's, is upon us. Soon after will come Presidents Day, also known as Presidents' Day, then Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Veterans Day, Xmas and a bunch of other holidays no one knows how to write. Partly because so many...

    Concert Review: Judy Collins weaves stories, music and magic at Segerstrom

    Concert Review: Judy Collins weaves stories, music and magic at Segerstrom
    Judy Collins has plenty of memories of her childhood Christmases. Her father, who ran a radio show, would bring home store employees who had given him good bargains. Fruitcakes were a staple of the family kitchen, baked early in the season and drizzled...

    A Word, Please: A holiday gift list for mindful language lovers

    If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're a language lover. And if you're a language lover, there's a good chance your holiday gift list includes some birds of a feather — fellow language lovers who'd be delighted to get the perfect...