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The first use of literally, in the sense of figuratively, dates to 1769. My outrage is officially over. Thanks, Language Log. (via jannileesimner)
Thurber was once asked by a correspondent: “Why did you have a comma in the sentence, ‘After dinner the men went into the living-room’?” And his answer was probably one of the loveliest things ever said about punctuation. “This particular comma,” Thurber explained, “was Ross’s way of giving the men time to push back their chairs and stand up.” Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves (via prettybooks)
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. Winston Churchill (via libraryland)