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The Month Ahead: Books, Part II



Grammar cop Bill Walsh is back on the beat as his third book, Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk, hits the shelves this month. But in the case of certain language transgressions, Walsh tells Hemispheres, he’d just as soon look the other way. JUNE 18

• “Every passenger should have his boarding pass? Sexist. Her? Patronizing. His or her? His/her? Awkward. I long for the day when their is universally accepted in such sentences.”

• “Sentences like ‘Hopefully the sun will come out’ have long gotten a bad rap—What, the sun is hopeful?—but the world is coming around.”

• “To whom it may concern, for whom does the bell toll? Unless you’re dealing with constructions like those, the bell tolls for the word whom.”

• “Stylebooks enforce the idea that it’s the disease, not the person, that’s diagnosed, but real people get diagnosed every day. I finally cured myself of this sticklerism!”

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“Jettie had been caught drinking, for the second time, by Mrs. Holmes; the real story there was that she had been drinking alone. Like a man. She was not allowed to ride for a week, which seemed an even worse punishment than embroidering handkerchiefs.” —From The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, the Depression-era tale by first-time novelist Anton DiSclafani that sparked a reported seven-figure bidding war. JUNE 4

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