While talking about writing for the web Crawford Kilian refers to
verbal virusesÃ¢â‚¬”words, phrases, and acronyms that leap from our monitors into our brains. I think that in my case verbal viruses began infecting me back in the 70s and 80s when I was teaching German and English to adolescents. A daily barrage of misplaced apostrophes and incorrect spellings allowed some of them to penetrate my brain.
I was ashamed a few days ago to read my own post to a mailing list which included this defective phrase:
with it’s Eudora Tips RSS feed. Where did that apostrophe come from?
Anyway, I mention this because I’ve had a delightful morning reading Crawford Kilian (with thanks I think to Derek Miller for the initial reference). If you write, and especially if you write for the web, then Kilian’s blog is not only a must-read, but an enjoyable read.