quiet cultural domination

8 10 2008

(this one’s for spoonboy514)

my students’ required handbook this year–which, at this school, i get to select, so of course they’re using the current edition of Diana Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference–is in frequent use in my classroom, for open book worksheets, grammar lectures, and as a resource when they workshop. today i was offering a condensed lecture on comma use, accompanied by a worksheet appropriately borrowed from the OWL at Purdue (thanks, Allen), and the sentence exemplifying a restrictive appositive to offset which a comma is not required caught my eye.

i checked it, when i got home, against the versions in the 4th and 5th editions i’ve used in the past (we’re on 6th this year). the old ones read “The song ‘Fire it Up’ was blasted out of huge amplifiers.” this year’s, instead, says:

The song “Vertigo” was blasted out of huge amplifiers.

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13 10 2008
spoonboy514

Ha! Gives me a feeling of Elevation! w00t!

13 10 2008
spoonboy514

Ha! Gives me a feeling of Elevation! w00t!

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