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July 08, 2009

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Mark

Thanks Jennie!

I had begun to worry that the good grammar I learned in junior high school had fallen out of use and favor. The practice you cited stood out for me. There are also some semantic practices in technical writing that were once unthinkably wrong but that seem to have gained currency. I'm thinking of the word "display" in an intransitive sense where once we would have used "appear." To this day, I can only think of mating behavior when I read that "The so-and-so window displays." Another newly emerging trend has been to use "speed" - without the particle "up" - to mean "accelerate," as in "Simulations will be used to speed learning." I cannot find a dictionary that displays that definition, though the IT revolution seems to have accelerated its acceptance in business settings.

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