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8 J. L. 89 (2018)
The Year 2017 in Grammar, Language, and Writing

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                               Bryan A. Garnert



                         The Year 2017

                 in Grammar, Language, and Writing


                                  January

A  school employee in Maryland  was fired for correcting a student's spelling on
Twitter. The student had tweeted  to suggest that the Frederick County public
schools should be closed tammarow. The  district's media-services coordinator,
Katie Nash, responded: But then how  would  you learn to spell 'tomorrow'? :)
Apparently, this wasn't Nash's first such interaction with a student: disapproving
of the tone of an earlier tweet, her supervisor had already directed her to stop
tweeting. Hence  for this tweet she was fired, despite her response's garnering
thousands  of retweets and likes - and  spawning  two hashtags: #Katiefrom-
FCPS   and #freekatie. * The Guardian (U.K.) reported that Australia's Macquarie
Dictionary named fake news its word of the year for 2016, defining the term as
either disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or
to drive web traffic or the incorrect information being passed along by social
media. The  choice jibed with picks of other dictionaries for 2016, including
Oxford  Dictionaries'post-truth and Merriam-Webster's surreal. * BBC.com pos-
tulated that identifying untranslatable emotions might lead to a richer and
fuller emotional life. Tim Lomas, lecturer at the University of East London,

t Bryan A. Garner is the author of dozens of books about words and their uses, including Garner's
Modern English Usage (Oxford, 4th ed. 2016). He is editor in chief of Blacks Law Dictionary (West,
10th ed. 2014) and the author of the chapter on grammar and usage in the Chicago Manual of Style
(Chicago, 16th ed. 2010). He coauthored two books with Justice Antonin Scalia: Making Your Case
(2008) and Reading Law (2012). Copyright © 2018 Bryan A. Garner.


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