Dealing with a e-snub

Dealing with an e-snub

March 18, 2014

Nigel Bowen
What should you do when someone suddenly stops responding to your emails?
Danial Ahchow
Danial Ahchow: structure emails like a business proposal.
Hot on the heels of “phubbing”, when people play with their smartphones and ignore those around them, there’s a new passive-aggressive cyber phenomenon called “e-snubbing”.

E-snubbing occurs when one party unilaterally and without explanation decides to pull the plug on a business relationship that is conducted mainly or exclusively online. It seems to have reached epidemic proportions, raising the question of how to avoid experiencing it in the first place and how to best respond when it does happen. Continue reading

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet
Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word “because.”

Let’s start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.

The word “because,” in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, “because” has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I’m reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I’m reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which “because” lends itself.

I mention all that … because language. Because evolution. Because there is another way to use “because.” Linguists are calling it the “prepositional-because.” Or the “because-noun.”

You probably know it better, however, as explanation by way of Internet—explanation that maximizes efficiency and irony in equal measure. I’m late because YouTube. You’re reading this because procrastination. As the language writer Stan Carey delightfully sums it up: “‘Because’ has become a preposition, because grammar.” Continue reading

Daggy KRudd has the skillz to grab the youth vote

Daggy KRudd has the skillz to grab the youth vote

July 26, 2013

Isaac Johanson

The PM has young people atwitter with his ability to connect on social media.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visiting Aquinas College in Ringwood. Photo: Pat Scala

A few weeks ago, before Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister, he started following me on Twitter. I felt a brief thrill. Maybe he was trying to poach my allegiance from Julia Gillard, but I was nonetheless flattered by someone famous following me. I may only have a measly 11 followers, but the big KRudd was one of them.

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