Verbal gravitation

This space generates its greatest response when one of Oil & Gas Journal's editors ventures into a discourse on language.Readers take seriously the colonial version of the queen's tongue employed in these pages—or at least the employers' thoughts about it.Indeed, writing about words and grammar can be perilous. Passions about such subjects run high.Readers seem to relish quarrels over whatever antique rule the writer drags into light from the murky cellars of English instruction. And grammatical lapses in a column on language attract more attention than oil spills. Alas, they happen.Yet someone must square the corners when communication turns loopy. Someone must ridicule...

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