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June 12, 1993
Strawberry's back. It doesn't make any difference if it's the possessive form or the noun/verb, the answer is the same: So? DON KUMFERMAN Ridgecrest
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January 24, 2000 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
In every human thought and reflection, there is a word. For Paul Sailer, the essence of all his words is concealed in the cells along a pastel furrow of brain tissue behind his ear, just to the left of the surgeon's probe. On this day, Sailer, 32, lies on an operating table with his head clamped firmly in a surgical vise, in a subbasement of the UCLA Medical Center. His skull is open. His brain pulses as he breathes. The exposed tissue steams in the cool dry air.
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NEWS
March 7, 1985
Perhaps it was whimsy on the part of those responsible for the City of Glendale's newsletter's new masthead, "Glendale In-Action," but I'm not sure who the joke's on. I refer to Webster's definition of in-action: a noun, meaning a lack of action or activity: idleness. Surely this isn't an appropriate label for the hard-working citizens of this community. SCOTT E. MC CREARY
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1995
Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. --Carl Sandburg Whatever! They come and go like the tide, these words and phrases that become a kind of second language for many children. Yesterday's grody becomes today's whack. What was once tubular and def is now dope and righteous. Below is a list of some current slang. * as if, exclamation. "To the contrary," "No way." audi, exclamation.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1986
Gallo picks "relax as a noun" as a sample of Italians using English wrongly. But the American language has largely undifferenced nouns and verbs, which is fine by me as long as clarity is preserved. (I just did it on purpose-- undifferenced-- with no ambiguity. So why hang onto an aging grammatical rigidity, only recently applied in this case?) Follow the poets, not the classroom English teachers like Gallo. As William Blake put it, "Damn braces, bless relaxes."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1995
Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. --Carl Sandburg Whatever! They come and go like the tide, these words and phrases that become a kind of second language for many children. Yesterday's grody becomes today's whack. What was once tubular and def is now dope and righteous. Below is a list of some current slang. * as if, exclamation. "To the contrary," "No way." audi, exclamation.
NEWS
November 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
Promotion writers at Marshall Field & Co. really passed French 101, despite the headline on the cover of this year's Christmas catalog. Field's spokeswoman Kassie Davis said today that staffers in the advertising department actually discussed whether to use the grammatically correct "Le Beau Noel" on the cover or the incorrect but catchy "La Belle Noel." Catchy won. "The reason we did it is because it rhymes," Davis said. "We know the correct French version. We did it because it was a promotion.
NEWS
May 4, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
In the face of sharp criticism from rival Palestinian leaders, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat refused Wednesday to clarify his use of an ambiguous French word that has stirred hopes of progress toward peace in the Middle East. "I did not come here to give a course on language and law," Arafat snapped at reporters at a press conference at the Institute of the Arab World. "You can find the translation in the dictionary. "It is enough that some people, including President Mitterrand, understand the word.
NEWS
February 12, 1986 | THOMAS H. MIDDLETON
There are people who will tell you that quote is a verb and that it is a solecism to use it as a noun. Quotation is the noun. I think at one time I might have agreed with them, largely because my father used to make that distinction many years ago. But I'd have agreed only to a certain extent, because for decades now, "That's a direct quote" has been used far more often that "That's a direct quotation," and by highly respected speakers and writers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1993 | JONATHAN GOLD
Forget grunge, forget alternative, forget post-neo-punk. What's sweeping the nation's college radio stations and record-company wish lists is the loud, new sound coming from what are sometimes known as "noun bands," the new wave of aggressive, technically accomplished groups, named after common objects, that have been dominating the indy-rock circuit for the last year. At Bogart's Friday, Tar and Jawbox noun-rocked all night long.
NEWS
November 21, 1993 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So was it a meeting? A summit? A forum? A group? Just what is this Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC for short? "Four adjectives in search of a noun," said Gareth Evans, Australian minister for foreign affairs. * Call it what you will, it was the most important international gathering on the West Coast since the United Nations was organized in San Francisco in 1945.
SPORTS
June 12, 1993
Strawberry's back. It doesn't make any difference if it's the possessive form or the noun/verb, the answer is the same: So? DON KUMFERMAN Ridgecrest
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1993 | JONATHAN GOLD
Forget grunge, forget alternative, forget post-neo-punk. What's sweeping the nation's college radio stations and record-company wish lists is the loud, new sound coming from what are sometimes known as "noun bands," the new wave of aggressive, technically accomplished groups, named after common objects, that have been dominating the indy-rock circuit for the last year. At Bogart's Friday, Tar and Jawbox noun-rocked all night long.
NEWS
November 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
Promotion writers at Marshall Field & Co. really passed French 101, despite the headline on the cover of this year's Christmas catalog. Field's spokeswoman Kassie Davis said today that staffers in the advertising department actually discussed whether to use the grammatically correct "Le Beau Noel" on the cover or the incorrect but catchy "La Belle Noel." Catchy won. "The reason we did it is because it rhymes," Davis said. "We know the correct French version. We did it because it was a promotion.
NEWS
May 4, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
In the face of sharp criticism from rival Palestinian leaders, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat refused Wednesday to clarify his use of an ambiguous French word that has stirred hopes of progress toward peace in the Middle East. "I did not come here to give a course on language and law," Arafat snapped at reporters at a press conference at the Institute of the Arab World. "You can find the translation in the dictionary. "It is enough that some people, including President Mitterrand, understand the word.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1986
Gallo picks "relax as a noun" as a sample of Italians using English wrongly. But the American language has largely undifferenced nouns and verbs, which is fine by me as long as clarity is preserved. (I just did it on purpose-- undifferenced-- with no ambiguity. So why hang onto an aging grammatical rigidity, only recently applied in this case?) Follow the poets, not the classroom English teachers like Gallo. As William Blake put it, "Damn braces, bless relaxes."
NEWS
November 21, 1993 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So was it a meeting? A summit? A forum? A group? Just what is this Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC for short? "Four adjectives in search of a noun," said Gareth Evans, Australian minister for foreign affairs. * Call it what you will, it was the most important international gathering on the West Coast since the United Nations was organized in San Francisco in 1945.
NEWS
January 24, 2000 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
In every human thought and reflection, there is a word. For Paul Sailer, the essence of all his words is concealed in the cells along a pastel furrow of brain tissue behind his ear, just to the left of the surgeon's probe. On this day, Sailer, 32, lies on an operating table with his head clamped firmly in a surgical vise, in a subbasement of the UCLA Medical Center. His skull is open. His brain pulses as he breathes. The exposed tissue steams in the cool dry air.
NEWS
February 12, 1986 | THOMAS H. MIDDLETON
There are people who will tell you that quote is a verb and that it is a solecism to use it as a noun. Quotation is the noun. I think at one time I might have agreed with them, largely because my father used to make that distinction many years ago. But I'd have agreed only to a certain extent, because for decades now, "That's a direct quote" has been used far more often that "That's a direct quotation," and by highly respected speakers and writers.
NEWS
March 7, 1985
Perhaps it was whimsy on the part of those responsible for the City of Glendale's newsletter's new masthead, "Glendale In-Action," but I'm not sure who the joke's on. I refer to Webster's definition of in-action: a noun, meaning a lack of action or activity: idleness. Surely this isn't an appropriate label for the hard-working citizens of this community. SCOTT E. MC CREARY
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