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It’s the 'bae' of the 19th century.
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In the USA, sorry, the U.S.A., they celebrate National Punctuation Day. Its official website bills the pedants' party (assuming there is more than one pedant) as "a chance to remind America that a semicolon is not a surgical procedure". This is both ironic and timely given that these days punctuation is a pain in the arse.
We're all guilty of using inaccurate language every day. We still "hang up" our mobile phones, even though it's a finger swipe or button press and not the satisfying clang of a receiver to its cradle. We still call it an "SMS" (Short Message Service), even though it could be 140 words instead of characters now. And we wouldn't arch an eyebrow if someone wanted to watch a "film".
We all make mistakes. I'm no grammar God and have impersonated a greengrocer from time to time, minus the pencil behind the ear. I just think that pencil should be used to maintain good grammar standards.
A researcher has found what is believed to be the earliest written example of the f-word. Read the full story at The Huffington Po