“Phoning it in” is a phrase I’ve used for a long time, but I’ve wondered lately if it’s not one that’ll soon fall out of use, since so many of us (all of us here at Automattic, for example) telecommute, so that phoning/blogging it in is actually the way we’re supposed to work. Whether the phrase is going out of fashion or not, today I am assuredly phoning my post in, giving you a couple of links instead of one of the usual stodgy posts on usage.
The first is the blog of an acquaintance of mine — a copyeditor by trade who blogs sometimes hilariously about mistakes she finds in manuscripts. If you’re one of the grammar-conscientious among us, you might find “Love, Your Copyeditor” a hoot.
Today, she links to another site claiming to list “The 20 Most Controversial Rules in the Grammar World.” I’m not sure I agree that all of these are terribly controversial, and a few shoo-ins (for example the I/me, the its/it’s, the there/their/they’re, and the your/you’re issues) are missing, but by and large, it’s a great list to be familiar with if you’re interested in matters of grammar and usage.
I’ll try to put the phone down and return to the good old fashioned desk with a real post next week. Please speak up in the comments if there are topics you’d especially like me to cover.