When I was school (a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away) our small, fierce and lovely matric English teacher (complete with Scottish accent) drilled this into us: you never write “try and” – you write “try to”.
Time for the apostrophe Recently, on Cape Talk radio (www.capetalk.co.za), afternoon host John Maytham read out a communication from a listener about a sign seen at the Mining Indaba where the apostrophe reared its small and annoying head. The sign said something like “Worlds’ Mines. How many worlds do the people at the Mining Indaba think there are? Now this is one of the great dividers between the general population and Sticklers for English Usage…
Commas. Such a tiny piece of punctuation, so wrongly used so much of the time.
But: such a little word, such a lot of confusion. You can go mad looking at grammar rules to find out when the use of But is appropriate – although it seems that a lot of people are not aware they need to think about it at all.
In my years as a sub-editor on South African newspapers, and as a trainer, I wrote some training materials. Below is one that’s intended as a one-page guide to the basic legal rules applying to SA journalism. It was first published on my sister Gill Moodie’s site Grubstreet:
Joy does not come from what you do; if flows into what you do and thus into this world from deep within you. Eckhart Tolle
The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination. John Schaer (quoted in Flylady at some point)