Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Where have you gone Rara-Avis? (Food for Thought)

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 12 Jul 2010

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    Having lived in both the UK and the US, I would say it's more due to the difference in American English vs. British English. I would never say that one is more grammatical or "correct" than the other. I personally have a preference for the American style.

    American's tend to think of it as a "hornet nest," not that it belongs just to one hornet, but that it's a type of nest specific to a single type of insect, i.e., the "hornet." The British are more literal-minded, which often comes through in the usage of the language.


    On Jul 12, 2010, at 9:55 AM, Craig Clarke wrote:

    >> And in the nitpicking department, what's the deal with calling the
    >> last Larsson
    >> THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST here, instead of the
    >> (correct) British
    >> Is proper grammar too much of a threat to American masculinity or
    >> something?
    >> When was the last time you saw a nest belonging to one hornet?
    > Interestingly, "hornet's nest" is defined at Merriam-Webster
    > Online, so that may
    > be part of the issue.
    > Not meaning to be snarky here. I just know that the people who
    > would have
    > checked the spelling would've merely gone to the dictionary.
    > As for whether it's a threat to American masculinity I can't say,
    > except that
    > the one time I stepped on a hornets' nest, I screamed like a little
    > girl when
    > they started stinging me. :)

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