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I wrote a contrafactum to rhythm changes today. Or I should say that one just occurred to the fingers of my right hand as I was playing, aft...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lay and Lie

A great post from the language log archives.

I'm sure I have made mistakes in spontaneous speech with these three verbs. I am not the most articulate person in the first place and the signals just get crossed in my brain. This is not some great moral failure or a sign of the collapse of civilization. It is just grammar and there is no need to get upset about it. Pullum is very good on this. In fact, I think he is the funniest writer on the internet.

1 comment:

Andrew Shields said...

I love Pullum's reasons for closing comments on his posts.