Why We Love To Hate Grammarians

Column by Peter Derk February 16, 2017 (2) comments
Are you the office grammarian? Are you the one correcting people at family dinners? Wanna know why we hate you?

HAPPY GRAMMAR DAY: 10 Facts About Grammar You Can Use to Annoy Your Loved Ones

Column by Taylor Houston March 4, 2016 (7) comments
OK, so they aren't facts, and they are not all grammar-related, but most of your loved ones will just want you to shut up anyway.

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Gender-Neutral

Column by Taylor Houston November 13, 2015 (23) comments
It's actually not that hard to write more inclusively, but it's more important now than ever to TRY.

Seven Grammar Tools to Love

Column by Taylor Houston February 13, 2015 (15) comments
Grammar gets a bad rap, but some grammar rules are actually there to HELP you. Here are seven tools I have learned to love.

You're—I mean YOUR—Complete Grammarian Gift Guide

Column by Taylor Houston
10 Gifts for the Oxford-Comma-Obsessed Word Nerd in your life.
Making Sense of Brainiac Steven Pinker's New Book on Writing

Making Sense of Brainiac Steven Pinker's New Book on Writing

Review by Taylor Houston November 24, 2014 (3) comments
Eeee!!! A NEW STYLE GUIDE HAS ARRIVED – or has it?

The 5 Scariest Grammar Issues: Your Guide to Fearless Writing

Column by Susan DeFreitas October 24, 2014 (8) comments
No matter how accomplished you are as a writer, chances are, there's at least one grammar issue that scares the living bejeezus out of you. Now is the time to slay it once and for all.

Typos: Funny or Foul?

Column by Taylor Houston July 22, 2014 (17) comments
Typos are a part of everyday life, but sometimes they can be downright dangerous. Here are three types, from the innocent to the egregious!
Weird Al 'Word Crimes'

Weird Al’s Grammatically Correct ‘Word Crimes’ Parodies ‘Blurred Lines’

News by Riki Cleveland
Weird Al Yankovic parodies 'Blurred Lines' with the grammatically correct 'Word Crimes.'

Ask the Grammarian: How "snuck" sneaked in...

Column by Taylor Houston February 24, 2014 (1) comments
How "snuck" sneaked into the English language and we totally let it.
Googling "Literally"

Relatively Literal: Dictionaries Grudgingly Accepting Common Use Of "Literally"

News by Nathan Scalia August 13, 2013 (11) comments
Google joins the crowd of dictionaries that are accepting the word "literally" to mean "not literally."
professor asks for grammar pedants to relax

Professor of English Calls on the Grammar Police to Relax

News by Dean Fetzer May 30, 2013 (5) comments
Simon Horobin, a professor of English at Magdalen College, Oxford, shocked an audience at the Hay Festival when he suggested the spelling of “they’re”, “their” and “there” could be standardized.

Twitter: Destructor Of Grammar Or Awesome Word Factory?

Column by Kimberly Turner February 28, 2013 (7) comments
Is Twitter's inescapable deluge of 140-character blurbs massacring English as we know it or pushing us to write tighter, more concise copy?

10 Grammar & Usage-Related New Year’s Resolutions

Column by Taylor Houston December 31, 2012 (26) comments
So you swore off sugar in the new year, but did you resolve to stop using 'they' to refer to a single subject? You should. Here are 10 grammar and usage resolutions for 2013.

The Secret Lives Of Little Words

Column by Kimberly Turner September 26, 2012 (8) comments
What's that word doing there? When it comes to spoken language, nothing is accidental. Linguists are working on finding meaning in every 'oh,' 'um,' 'well,' and 'okay.' The results might surprise you.

Two More Comma Rules You Oughta Know!

Column by Taylor Houston July 18, 2012 (3) comments
Two more comma rules that every writer should learn.

Writing In Parallel

Column by Jon Gingerich June 27, 2012 (1) comments
One of the biggest mistakes committed by both beginning and experienced writers is a failure to craft sentences that transmit information clearly, evenly, and with an emphasis on what’s important.

Top 10 Words That Need To Die, Immediately

Column by Rob Hart February 24, 2012 (181) comments
The English language is full of beautiful words--and also some blights that should never be uttered, for they do nothing but make us sound dumb. Here are 10 of the worst offenders.