I checked the mirror this morning. I’m still not the slightest bit Graham Greene-ish. Looks like you’d better not expect impeccable prose on this website. I’ll write the best sentences I can and proofread them a couple of times, but it probably won’t take much effort to start turning up grammar errors, clumsy turns of phrase and questionable punctuation .
If I post something and then later notice some easily rectifiable mistakes, I’ll easily rectify them. Anything else is up on the site in black and white until the end of time (or until I stop paying for my domain name and hosting – whichever comes first).
Some things that seem linguistically dodgy might not be out-and-out mistakes so much as laziness-inspired conscious decisions. For example, I intend to quite cheerfully use they, them and their as third person singular pronouns. I wasted many a precious hour at high school and university trying to force my sentences to do double backflips through blazing hoops of fire in order to avoid using these expressions or their clodhopping counterparts he and she, him or her, his or her. I’ve decided I want to do something else with my remaining years.
I’m also pretty relaxed about whether I use American or British spelling and vocabulary. I’ve had to use both at different times of my life. Depending on which computer I use, I get contradictory advice from spell-check and since I read books and articles from all over the English-speaking world, I really don’t have time to worry about which words came from where.
Similarly, it is clear that one of the main hobbies of dictionary editors is fighting to the death with other dictionary editors about whether particular expressions should or should not be hyphenated. Whenever I’m not sure, I’ll just go with whatever the dictionary nearest at hand happens to say.
Okay, grammar pedants, warning over! Enter at your own peril…