Why I love Language Log

| December 30, 2007

Language Log is one of my favorite blogs. It is a gathering of linguists, mostly unrepentant descriptivists, who don’t hesitate to bring to bear their full education and resources on, well, issues that only language geeks (like myself) would wonder about.

Here, as a sterling example, are a pair of posts exploring the origin of the phrase “to blame A on B”, which apparently was considered at one time to be an unacceptable colloquialism (the preferred constructs were “to lay blame for A upon B” or “to blame B for A”):

Yes, I find all this very fascinating and entertaining. Your mileage may vary. ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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