Hello, and welcome to The Engine Room. I'm JD, and I'm a sub-editor (copy editor if you're American) on a weekly magazine we dare not name. My chief sub, Apus, will be joining me on this blog in a few days, when he's remembered how to turn his Mac on.
We love language. Its intricacies, idiosyncracies, other things ending in 'acies'. We're the kind of people who point out misplaced apostrophes in shop signs. And this is our blog on language use - hope you enjoy.
One last thing. Feel free to leave comments or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to hear from you. As long as you know what a non-defining relative clause is...
Yes, I am joking.
The ambiguous Oxford comma
1 week ago