Fear And Loathing Of The English Passive

George Orwell warned against the passive voice in English. Modern critics often echo him, but with a much shakier knowledge of grammar. This scholarly paper collects “numerous published examples of incompetent criticism in which critics reveal that they cannot tell passives from actives. The evidence demonstrates an extraordinary level of grammatical ignorance among educated English language critics” (PDF) (10,000 words)

Why Are We Still Waiting For Natural Language Processing?

“Try typing this, or any question with roughly the same meaning, into the Google search box: Which UK papers are not part of the Murdoch empire? Your results (and you could get identical ones by typing the same words in the reverse order) will contain an estimated two million or more pages about Rupert Murdoch and the newspapers owned by his News Corporation. Exactly what you did not ask for” (753 words)

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