One more reason not to lose sleep over the rise in oil prices
is that, unlike the rises in the 1970s, it has not occurred
against the background of general commodity-price inflation
and global excess demand.
Mr. McWhorter's academic speciality is language history and change,
he sees the gradual disappearance of "whom,"
for example, to be natural and no more regrettable
than the loss of the case-endings of Old English.
They sustained his appeal and rendered a verdict
which is expected to create the legal precedent
that the private life of a university man
shall be considered as of no relation to his scholastic position.
Thus the American president and vice-president
have surnames starting with B and C respectively;
and 26 of George Bush's predecessors (including his father)
had surnames in the first half of the alphabet
against just 16 in the second half.
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We are thus led to distinguish,
within the broad educational process
which we have been so far considering,
a more formal kind of education - that of direct tuition or schooling.