What a (Noun) Cluster

My favorite Doonesbury cartoon, from January 23, 1980, features a press conference. A journalist asks Senator Kennedy a question. The senator responds with a series of strung-together phrases: “Well, in this moment of national crisis, any second-guessing that I...

“That” Doesn’t Go Without Saying

(Guest post by Marcia Riefer Johnston) I’ve been thinking about that. T-h-a-t. A handier word you’ll never find. Yet English speakers often omit it. That is left out. Suppressed, grammarians say. Implied. Suppressing that doesn’t necessarily get you in trouble....