A reader named Linda wrote to ask me the difference between “enunciate” and “pronounce.” More recently, I encountered a man who wanted to know the difference between “on” and “upon.”
And that’s when it hit me: I no longer need to worry about the state of the economy or the collapse of the newspaper business. If things get really bad, all I need to do is buy a turban and a crystal ball, abandon those profit-hindering impulses we call ethics and hang out a sign that says “The Grammar Oracle Is In.”
Ditching the ethics is key because I’m not a grammar oracle. Not even close. Before hearing from Linda and the man whose name I didn’t catch, I knew exactly as much about “enunciate” and “upon” as they did.