Archive for August, 2008

It’s one of the distinctive calls of the pedant, usually accompanied by a tutting sound or aggrieved sigh. While most grammatical errors in normal spoken language are allowed to pass unchallenged, accidentally saying “less” where one should have used “fewer” will almost always provoke comment from others. Perhaps because it’s one of the few grammatical […]


I’m finally back from my summer in Hokkaido. I managed to wangle (paid!) study leave from my office, who generally do things by the book but were sympathetic about my co-ALT and me not wanting to sit in the office all summer, and took a month off to study Japanese in Sapporo. It turned out, […]



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