English “Rules”

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As an editor, I am a bit of a “word nerd”. I find the history of words and phrases to be fascinating and can often lose myself in the Oxford English Dictionary’s online database for hours at a time reading about first usages and historical changes to meanings. This Book of the Day article in The Guardian reviewing How English Became English by Simon Horobin gives some good examples of the tidbits on usage that I always find interesting. I’ll definitely be reading How English Became English at some point in the future and recommend the OED database for anyone interested in fun facts about the English language. The database is available through many public and academic libraries.

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