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Bryan A. Garner
Editor in chief, Black's Law Dictionary; author, Garner's Modern English Usage. Fall in love with language & it will love you back.
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Bryan A. Garner 3h
Serious question: What motivates a middle-aged man to try singing bits of every rock song being played at an airport bar? He barks out lyrics ever 20 seconds or so. If you want to know what motivates me to leave this place, I think you know.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 12
The problem is that “comma splice” is a term known only to those who wouldn’t perpetrate one. The comma splicers don’t know what a comma splice is.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 11
Replying to @emily7grant
Short.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 11
Word of the Day: RAFFISH = (1) characterized by showy vulgarity or crudeness; (2) carelessly unconventional; rakish.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 10
Word of the Day: ODIUM = (1) the state of being despised or treated with contempt because of shameful conduct; (2) hatred and loathing; or (3) disrepute or infamy attached to something or someone. Word geeks argue about whether "odium" or "opprobrium" is more severe.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 9
Replying to @Meadsie72
That was my intent. 🙂
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 9
“One of the first requisites for the writing of good clean sentences is to have acquired the art of enumeration, that is, of stringing together three or four words or phrases of identical grammatical value without going wrong.” —H.W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 8
Yes. “Cannot be under——-“ doesn’t work in very many situations. Here’s one: “The guy’s intelligence cannot be underestimated.”
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 7
“It has only just begun to dawn on us that in our own language alone, not to speak of its many companions, the past history of humanity is spread out in an imperishable map, just as the history of the mineral earth lies embedded in the layers of its outer crust.” Owen Barfield
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 6
I meant that I’ve been using it intemperately!
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 6
How long was Abbott’s Trial Brief? Too long: 1,427 pages. ⁦
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 6
This is no trivial matter: I’ve acquired a new vice.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 6
Because it was legal, I recently got High on Injunctions.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 5
Running joke this morning: Brian was lamenting the nearly ubiquitous confusion over the joint possessive. Apparently “him and I’s trailer” is becoming more frequent in speech than “his and my trailer”—at least in New York. Brian is a stickler, and he was joking in the tweet.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 5
Happy Guy Fawkes Day, everyone. It’s almost over.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 5
“The striking thing about writers to anyone who has met hundreds of them, or thousands, as I have, is that they are happy in their work.…Everything else is lamented, but from writing comes something that makes the occupation self-rewarding.” —Gorham Munson
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Brian Koppelman Nov 5
Great to see you, Bryan. Glad you enjoyed the time in him and I's trailer.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 5
What a morning with ⁦⁩ (right) and ⁦⁩ (left) on the set at their hit show Billions. Enjoyed meeting Paul Giamatti. Fascinating to see the perfectionism that goes into their filmmaking. They’re all language nerds as well.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 4
The Statue of Liberty as she looks tonight—dauntless as ever.
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Bryan A. Garner Nov 4
No: both textualism and originalism relate to all types of interpretation. Originalism is a small subset of textualism. See Scalia & Garner, Reading Law (2012).
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