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March 4, 2013

Happy National Grammar Day!

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On this National Grammar Day, here are some suggestions of ways in which to celebrate:

Or make like MRP and bake some delicious chocolate truffle with sea salt cookies.

Wait, what? Yeah, that’s what I said: bake some cookies. Or, if baking isn’t your thing, do something else that brings you enjoyment on this day. Because, as I’ve said before and will say again, there’s nothing about National Grammar Day that should invite us to do anything other than share in the fun (and really, what goes together better than chocolate and grammar?). So settle back with a grammartini, sing the Grammar Song, and snuggle up with your favorite style guide. And have fun.

Have a happy National Grammar Day, wordies. March forth and peeve no more.

March 3, 2013

The holiday of our people

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Yo, wordies: You know what tomorrow is, right?


That’s right: National Grammar Day. Check out the official website for resources, t-shirts, songs, this year’s installment of John E. McIntyre’s Grammarnoir serial, and much more.



January 17, 2013

Judgment day

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Okay, I don’t really judge anyone for using poor grammar. I mean, not really


Okay, maybe just a little. But just a little.

H/t someecards and Beth.

March 5, 2012

Because really, every day is Grammar Day

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National Grammar Day 2012 may be but a happy memory, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take some of the magic with us. Here are just a few ways.

Check out Editor Mark’s blog for the winner of the 2012 National Grammar Day Tweeted Haiku Contest. Read a few of the runners-up, and follow the links there to read all 200 entries. And guess what? It’s not too early to start writing your haiku for next year . . . 

Think passive voice is always wrong? Think you can never split an infinitive? Then step right this way. At the official National Grammar Day website, check out Grammar Girl’s list of Top Ten Grammar Myths. And if you’re interested in grammar myths, you’ll want to check out Stan Carey’s post at Sentence First on this topic as well.

The Grammar Monkeys have a few words of wisdom for all of us on the subject of grammar. “While grammar costs nothing, ignoring it might cost quite a bit: Research has found that not only do readers notice mistakes, they engage less with websites that have language errors, and they are far less likely to buy something from a website that has even a single misspelling.” Check out “Grammar costs nothing.”

Finally, check out the thrilling conclusion to John E. McIntyre’s serial, “Grammarnoir: Final Edition,” Part IV: The Chief.

August 1, 2011

Uniform for the fashionable grammar soldier

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Although the blog Arrant Pedantry is more generally known for its word-related gems, it is also bringing us several sartorial gems in the form of these t-shirts for word nerds. What else can I say but I wants it!?

Here is the t-shirt Stet Wars.

And the t-shirt Battlestar Grammatica.

These are great for those days when it seems as though correcting even a simple misplaced comma or dangling modifier is just an uphill battle. Which can be, you know, pretty much every day.

H/t Copy Curmudgeon.

March 18, 2011

For a good time, call 800-GRAMMAR

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Grammar has something important to say and doesn’t want you to take it the wrong way:

Spotted here.

January 19, 2011

High-flying grammar

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For today’s special on misplaced modifiers, check out this tidbit. It was spotted in  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

I’d say it has Harry literally dangling!


December 2, 2010

Keeping the Four Grammarians at bay

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I’d like to direct your attention to a post by John McIntyre over at You Don’t Say, “Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Barbarians.” In it, he addresses a topic I’ve touched on before: whether the misuse of language signals the approach of the Four Grammarians of the Apostrophocalypse. He doesn’t think so:

The people whose usages you deplore may be slovenly writers with questionable judgment, but they are not a threat to the language. Those of us who get our bread as editors need to keep this in mind. . . .

Take one of those deep, cleansing breaths. There is a great quantity of substandard prose out there that requires your attention. And there are choices by able writers that are open to question and subject to discussion. If you want to do a favor to Civilization, do your job without losing your head.

As you know, I share the point of view that it’s not necessary to rail heatedly against misuse of language, nor is it necessary to belittle others who have made a mistake. Language is flexible, and it grows and changes. For residents of Wordnerdlandia, discussions about language and usage should be fun and joyful, not a vehicle for showing your superiority over others.

Read the whole post. And then, as a bonus, read what happens when a colleague dares to submit a headline that uses the phrase “′tis the season.” A duel ensues. No joke.

November 29, 2010

Are you a w-o-r-d-n-e-r-d-?

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Well, I wish I had 500 bucks lying around for such a treat, but if you do, and you’re looking for a really special holiday gift, you might check out this QWERTY keyboard handbag from Kate Spade.

As the fashionistas at Kate Spade say, it really,er, sends a message, doesn’t it? (H/t to Fritinacy for this tidbit.)

And, of course, to really send the message, you’ll need some grammatically correct holiday cards to send this year, won’t you? Grammar Girl happily obliges.

September 7, 2010

Your grammar’s too Jerseylicious

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Who knew we could learn so much from the cast of “Jersey Shore”?

In case you were wondering why grammar is important, John of Vlogbrothers has the compelling answer: “Because without it, we can’t tell if Snooki is polyamorously inclined or has a secret third hand.”

And in case you were wondering whether “The Situation” is a noun, verb, or adjective, he has the answer (h/t to Grammar Girl).

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