A guide to words and practices that are spurious, monstrous, and unfit for usage.
posted by Alexandra at 9:12 PM
Dear Alexandra and Craig,Congratulations on your exciting and informative website about English usage.I'm a French national living in New Zealand, and there would be so much to say about New Zealand English.Now, I have a wee question about shall, that is quite frequent here in NZ. It is often used over the telephone to express a commitment that wraps it all up:I shall see you at 8.00pm in front of the cinemaI shall email you my travel details....or convey hesitationmhhh...I shall...have... the roast chicken.When I shared this with scholars, they exclaim: " You're wrong, shall is non existent in oral speech. People only say I'll and sometimes I will."What do you think? Do you think you'd be able to write a post about "shall"?Out of interest, here's the URL of my own blog regarding English usage:http://dichtelblog.blogspot.comMay I include you in my mailing list?Best regardsFrédéric DichtelTe Awamutu - New Zealandfrederic.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alexandra is a collector of 19th century textbooks, a former writing teacher, and an English language enthusiast. Craig is a writer and English
major who has been considered a leading storm trooper in the war against bad grammar