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June 13, 2011


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I thought this post was going to be about the new club song all the hip kids like - Barbara Streisand, by Duck Sauce. http://youtu.be/uu_zwdmz0hE

Shows you my frame of reference!

Hmmmmm, Phrase of the Week, perhaps?

Streisand Effect - two words there. One too many.

word |wərd|
a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.

phrase |freɪz|
a small group of words standing together as a conceptual unit, typically forming a component of a clause.

For the love of the sacred internet please change your ways before the Grammar Nazis descent upon you! Oh, you wanted them to find you so you would become a victim of the Streisand Effect and reap the riches and fame.

Never mind.

Wasn't this the guy who complained to the radio station that their Song of the Week was in fact an instrumental, therefore not actually sung?

@Bumper: Oh my gosh, I absolutely hadn't realized that "Streisand Effect" was two words until you pointed it out! And then I had to check to make sure. One, two... yep, you're right! Definitely two words! How embarrassing!

I'm sure you'll also want to rebuke the American Dialect Society, whose 2010 Word of the Year list included numerous "rule"-breakers: kinetic event, phoenix firm, mama grizzly, et al: http://www.americandialect.org/American-Dialect-Society-2010-Word-of-the-Year-PRESS-RELEASE.pdf

On the other hand, the ADS's definition is good enough for me:
"Word of the Year is interpreted in its broader sense as 'vocabulary item'—not just words but phrases."

(Knock knock.) "Open up. It's the Grammar Nazis."
There is some debate among grammarians about what exactly can be considered a compound word. In this case, "Streisand Effect" may be considered a single, non-hyphenated, compound, proper noun. Nancy, next time someone challenges your grammar, I recommend that you grab the shotgun and tell them to get off your porch. Whether your grammar is correct or not, you will win the argument.

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