September 5th, 2021

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Saw these two tweets retweeted by the same dev:


Well, I thought, isn't this ironic. If you think that someone would lie by making sensationalist claims about the quitting cops, then why wouldn't you think that someone is lying by writing sensationalist headlines?

What I saw today on twitter shows that the irony is well justified:

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An ad for a job opens with the following sentence:

As a member of our Software Engineering Group we look first and foremost for people who are passionate around solving business problems through innovation & engineering practices.

The sentence reminded me of the all too common pattern, which I find annoying, when a clause is preceded by the phrase "as [someone]" that is not related to the grammatical subject of that clause (randomly googled examples: "Based on my personal experiences, I know that as a person of color it is emotionally exhausting, and potentially disheartening, to repeatedly confront the wrongs imposed upon those who share your identity”, or "as a mother it hurts my heart that so many children are starving around the world"). Which made me wonder whether prescriptivists had anything to say about this usage, or is it too new for them to have named and censured while they were still influential.

But then, the as-phrase in the sentence from the job ad has a different function than in the examples from google. I would not be stumped by the sentence reading "As a solution, we propose x", so why did I get triggered by this one? Is it because the phrase and the clause do not agree in number ("as a member" vs "look for people")?

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When Bari Weiss asked Niall Ferguson on her podcast where he would like to educate his kids, he said Oxford or Cambridge. Elaborating on why, he said:

"Wokism requires a kind of sense of guilt, to have real traction; and the truth is that Brits are much harder to guilt-trip into feeling that they are in fact all racists." (link, at 1h 05min)

Meanwhile, in Britain, the NHS — the freaking National Health Service — blogs this: