As a Black Friday present to myself, I bought the English Grammar Boot Camp video from the Learning Company. The instructor (Anne Curzan) is on the usage panel for the American Heritage Dictionary.
I looked up the American Heritage Dictionary in Wikipedia. My Heavens! Some of the most respectable people imaginable are getting in lather about grammar. And using computer searches to back them up!
This fits in with Big Data – millions of people, using millions of words, millions of time. No problem! The Computer can slice it, and dice it – anyway you want!
The problem, as always – is in making sense of all this. This means getting the many minds of the computer and our many minds in sync.
Most people freakout at the very thought of this. The idea boggles my mind too – but I tell myself “Push on, it won’t hurt very much!”