A silly title, yes.
I get pleasure from reflecting on minutiae of language — syntax, spelling, grammar, etymology, what have you. Language is part of “what makes us us,” to borrow Jacinda Ardern’s clarion phrase. It’s worth talking about. If I question a particular usage, it’s in a spirit of friendly inquiry, not derision.
Nevertheless, against all odds, the real heart of a college education — the bond borne of shared intellectual exploration between teachers and curious students, between curious students and each other — remains intact, if only in pockets of campus life, at every state university I know.
(Margaret Renkl, “Let’s Hear It for State U.,” NYTimes, 3-25-19)
“Born” instead of “borne,” perhaps?
If I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret Renkl, a distinguished columnist whose work I read frequently, I would simply thank her (or her editor) for the opportunity to ponder a possible slip that’s inspiringly minute.
(c) 2019 JMN.