Osophy on Concision

Say it with fewer


Grammar Girl’s Nonjudgmental Analysis: Like

I am apparently a conservative speaker according to this article, and yes, I do not have any problem with using like as a verb or adjective. I still become irked at the inappropriate use of pronouns, particularly using either or subject or object pronouns incorrectly (with the occasional exception of using the objective first person in place of the subjective, i.e., “It’s me.”). Continue reading “Grammar Girl’s Nonjudgmental Analysis: Like”

Long Live the Diaeresis!

Today I wondered what two dots over a vowel means. (Besides the umlaut, I know that one). It’s called diaeresis and it’s something we should bring back. English is difficult enough as it is. And while people may not have trouble pronouncing words such as coöperate or naïve, every little bit helps.

So is it diaeresis or diaëresis? If you can pronounce it either way then does it not get one? It’s also called hiätus. FYI.

Thoughts on Internet Acronyms, YMMV

I had to stop and think for a minute just now when I read the acronym “AFAICT” on a discussion board. That reminded me of why I don’t use acronyms. Prefacing your sentence with AFAIK, AFAICT, DYK, FWIW, etc. adds absolutely zero to your statement. If it’s common enough that you can use an acronym to express the sentiment then it isn’t necessary. Stop network bit-pollution. Clean up your writing. 🙂

ab2vcard 1.1 for Mac OS 10.7+

I was using ab2vcard to sync my Mac OS X Address Book with my PBX. It was working great for many years. Then Apple up and removed Rosetta support from Mac OS 10.7 Lion and I was up the creek. So I hacked together a klugey fix by importing the source code into Xcode 4 and recompiling and ta-da! It works.

If anyone wants the new binary, let me know and I’ll post it here. Otherwise you’re probably already adept enough to recompile it for Intel on your own. This was my first foray into Xcode and Objective-C.