I've rather given up on the subject of grammar and punctuation recently. No one takes any notice anyway. However when I was up in Northland one of Pauline's friends, Chris, (whom I've known since I first went to Northland to visit Pauline some years ago) gave me a present when we met at the Waipu Easter Carnival.
The present was a 1936 publication: ABC of English Usage. It's fascinating. The first word I looked up was pleonasm which is one of my favourite grammar terms. It is there.
The second word I looked up was one of my pet dislikes at the moment because it has suddenly come into vogue in the UK and NZ and is used frequently on the radio and television news. It's even coming into everyday conversation amongst the literati. That word is eventuate. Its pretentiousness grates with me because it always seems to me that it is being used to replace the perfectly good word 'happen'.
In New Zealand the term 'shit happens' is a very common one. Everyone knows what it means. I wouldn't mind betting that if you asked a cross section of the population what 'shit eventuates' means they wouldn't have a clue. So why be so showy? If a bureaucrat used it s/he would be slated for a lack of plain English.
Whilst on the subject of the Waipu Carnival one of my few photos (the weather was not very pleasant) was to show that Scots get everywhere:
It's good to have a little rant now and again. Especially when one has just had yet another Very Good Day.