Story highlights A judge recently ruled in favor of Maine truckers because of a missing Oxford comma John McWhorter: Oxford commas ward off ambiguity, but need not be used all the time John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "Words on the Move." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. (CNN)A recent court case seems like a victory for fans of the grand old Oxford comma. To many, it feels natural to write "Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland." But just as one may feel lazy saying "My brother and me went home" rather than "My brother and I," there is a sense that it is more proper to write "Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland," inserting a comma after the item before the last one. And people advocating for the Oxford comma have a point now and then. If you were a trucker reading that union rules deny you overtime pay for "the canning, processing, preserving, freezing, … [Read more...] about Should we give a damn about the Oxford comma?
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If you want to avoid suffering redundancy it's often quite easy to tell when layoffs might be likely to occur. By looking out for the following signs, you can be ready for redundancy and have your CV polished up so you are ready for the next career challenge.Are People Leaving But Not Being Replaced? Whenever a company is having money troubles one of the first signs is the euphemistically titled 'natural wastage' If someone leaves the company but is not replaced, this can provide real savings without morale sapping redundancies. While the 'Natural Wastage' might provide some of saving the company is looking for, it is rarely a good sign for the employees. If you find yourself receiving more work from colleagues who have left it might be an early warning of the potential for redundancies.Is the Management Being Restructured? Most companies think a quick reshuffle of the senior management will solves an ailing business's problems. If your company has recently moved round its top … [Read more...] about Avoiding Redundancy – The Potential Signs You Might Being Made Redundant
The Bishop of London, Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres said those who are made redundant may welcome the release from a working life that left them responding to emails and phone calls at all hours over their Blackberry devices. He said the financial crisis would help people work out what is truly valuable in life. "Sometimes indeed people seem to be relieved to get off the treadmill and to be given an opportunity to reconsider what they really want out of life," he stated. However, he faces accusations of insensitivity at a time when unemployment is at a 12-year high, close to 2 million in Britain, causing thousands of redundant workers to see their houses repossessed as they fall behind with mortgage payments.Losing your job is never easy because it is not only your way of making a living you have lost, but also your colleagues and your lifestyle. The current economic climate makes it even harder. Britain is at "serious risk" of entering a decade-long recession similar to that experienced … [Read more...] about Lost Your Job? Surviving Redundancy
We’re still two years away from real heat of the 2020 presidential campaign, but it might be time for the mainstream media to start filing in-kind contributions to the Trump 2020 reelection campaign. Over the last 18 months, many in the media have abandoned any appearance of objectivity and balance in favor of an all-out attempt to further the political agenda of the left — namely the impeachment of Donald Trump. With every aggravating month that Trump stays firmly ensconced in the White House, it’s clear that Trump is the mainstream media’s Moby Dick and that they’re Captain Ahab in their deranged pursuit of the great white whale. However, they should be reminded that it didn’t end so well for Captain Ahab. There have been excuses along the way that mistakes were made in some of the reporting, but at a certain point, systematic “honest mistakes” cease to be honest. They’ve become intentional. Last week’s … [Read more...] about The mainstream media — the lap dogs of the deep state and propaganda arm of the left
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