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Here’s something I bet you never knew was controversial: “I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me.” Yes, language sticklers might have a problem with that, even though you need an advanced degree in English Rules That Aren’t Rules to understand why. Still, this form, called a “fused participle” by some, is an interesting quirk in the language.
It’s time again for our A Word, Please annual tradition: saving people from making embarrassing mistakes like “Seasons greetings from the Russo’s,” “Happy Hanukkah from the Weitz’s” and “This will be baby Mile’s first Christmas!” on holiday greeting cards.
“The entire City Council should resolve not to endorse or extol any events that derive their popularity from the consumption of alcohol,” a Burbank resident writes this week.
Readers this week sound off on renter protections, appropriate attire for a city representative, the city’s homelessness plan and Rep. Adam Schiff’s role in the impeachment hearings.
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