Kids These Days (circa 1925)

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From The Young Delinquent by Cyril Burt, published in 1925: “…the handling of a juvenile offender is, or should be, a practical application of known psychological principles.  To whip a boy, to fine him, to shut him up in a penal institution, because he has infringed the law, is like sending a patient, on the […]

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Majority Do or Does vs. Majority Do Not or Does Not?

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Yesterday Cecilia Kang reported in the Business section of The Washington Post that, “The majority of American teens own a smartphone.”  The statement raises two questions: Does “majority” take a singular or plural verb form? Is Cecilia correct? I have to admit that the first question perplexes me.  The my ears, “the majority of teens […]

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