Happy 260th Birthday to the man whose name is synonymous with “Go Look It Up!” (Which is the pre-cursor to today’s “Google It!”)
By Peter Derk
Why is the new Microsoft Word trying to boss me around?
By Holly Slater
Music is a great way to remember specific details. When you take a closer look at the lyrics in certian songs, you can easily remember tricky grammar devices and spend less time looking things up.
By Holly Slater
You don’t want your expletives to be too dirty. I mean, the fun kind of dirty, yes, but dirty, lousy with grammar and punctuation mistakes? No fuckin’ way.
The animated show 'Archer' is a grammar-lovers wet dream.
Or, Stuff That Makes You Look Wet Behind the Ears, Part Two: The Craft Edition.
A Primer on Modifiers.
No one wants your book to be perfect more than your proofreader. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done.
Seems like "rhetoric" is always in the news lately. And it's never good. But why?
It's actually not that hard to write more inclusively, but it's more important now than ever to TRY.
The article in which I call out my Alma Mater for being stodgy ol’ hypocrites.
Sometimes the rules make no effing sense. Here are few that drive me crazy.
The Grammar Nazi's mission in life is to point out all the ways that you, the writer, have managed to butcher the English language. Sometimes those people are right. But sometimes they're wrong.
Exclamation points are like that relative who drinks too much every Thanksgiving. You can handle Uncle Charlie when he’s at the house, but taking him to a black-tie gala might not be the best idea.
In: conjunctions, ellipses, em dash, Grammar, Grammar, List, Oxford comma, Passive Voice, semi-colon, verb mood
Grammar gets a bad rap, but some grammar rules are actually there to HELP you. Here are seven tools I have learned to love.
As if the rules of punctuation weren’t confusing enough, what do you do when you have more than one punctuation mark to contend with?
Typos are a part of everyday life, but sometimes they can be downright dangerous. Here are three types, from the innocent to the egregious!
The Oxford comma has been a highly divisive issue within the literary community for many years. But how did it come to be this way, and is one side actually correct?
How "snuck" sneaked into the English language and we totally let it.
I'm like your personal editor, so ask me a grammar or usage question!
The elusive semi-colon, confusing dashes, and where-oh-where to put the punctuation in quoted material.
In this episode, we will attack the grammatical conundrums in the following sentence: Basically, our hopes have lay with the children.
Monkeys and horses and goats—Oh My! Five more common allusions explained.
Where to put (or not put) commas with the word 'too', my opinion on sentence fragments, and a dicussion of rhetoric that could get me in trouble.
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