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MAKE NO MISTAKE: Goat vs. Goad (Which is Correct?)

Andrew Phillips | Posted 07.31.2015 | Media
Andrew Phillips

In a recent missive analyzing NYC's infantilization of smaller cities, I lead the first sentence (of my lede) with the idiom "get its goad" to illustrate my feeling that a New York Times article had rankled many Baltimore residents.

14 Absurd Things Tumblr Can Teach You About The English Language

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts

While the "microblogging platform" known as Tumblr is essentially a large horde of teens knotted together by invisible strands of WiFi, it is als...

No, You Didn't Find Your Boyfriend 'Laying' In Bed With Another Girl

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | Posted 06.23.2015 | College

In the age of innovation, the nuances of language are often lost in a frenzy of tweets and text-talk. Cue Claire Harris Matson and Jo Roueiheb, creato...

Totally Loving This Game of Words With Enemies

James Napoli | Posted 06.01.2015 | Comedy
James Napoli

It's real fun and everything, coming up with crazy, half-baked words that you don't even know, but then you run it by the Words with Friends database and hey, presto, they accept it.

Sara Boboltz

We Still Can't Decide Whether To Put One Space After A Period Or Two

HuffingtonPost.com | Sara Boboltz | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts

We asked teachers which spacing habit they're teaching the youth of America.

The Top 10 Misused Words Of The 1870s

Rosemarie Ostler | Posted 05.21.2015 | Arts
Rosemarie Ostler

Usage criticism hasn't changed much since the 1870s. Then as now, language critics were appalled by the profusion of illogical usages, incorrect meani...

Maddie Crum

The Most Problematic Punctuation Mark, Explained

HuffingtonPost.com | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books

Image by Tiara Chiaramonte A friend of mine who I occasionally Gchat with messaged me last night about a guy she’s been seeing on and off...

Think Grammar Doesn't Matter? It Could Be Holding You Back From a Promotion

Grammarly | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Grammarly

Quality writing can help you get ahead in your career, but the opposite is also true. If you want to get ahead in the workplace, change careers, or find a job, then it's time to dust off that dictionary, thumb through your thesaurus, and get a grip on grammar.

Getting Grammatical: What's the Big Deal With the Passive Voice?

David Kudler | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
David Kudler

An author I work with recently asked me, "What's the big deal with the passive voice?" My first instinct was to answer, "Well, would that question have made as much sense as 'The big deal with the passive voice is about what?'"

The Social Media Trend That's Changing How We Use Punctuation And It's Awesome Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 03.20.2015 | Books

actually i have nearly all of my discussions about race at blue bottle thank you— Choire (@Choire) March 17, 2015 Technology, we are to...

You Might Be Using These Popular Words All Wrong

Grammarly | Posted 03.20.2015 | Books
Grammarly

Words improve the quality of our writing, and what better time to celebrate this than January 18: Thesaurus Day. It's no secret that all of us here at Grammarly are word nerds, but some of these definitions were a shock to us, too!

Truly a Lady

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.02.2015 | Media
Paula Gordon

Meeting P.D. James made me rethink my aversion to titles I associate with monarchy. She was an authentic lady long before she was a Lady. She earned that title, of course, which made the honorific sweeter.

Holiday Card Grammar: Getting It Right While Reinforcing That Subtle 'Perfect Family' Message

Stacy Crinks | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Stacy Crinks

This year, you're just going to spell everything right on your family holiday card, which subtly conveys that nonchalant "perfect family" vibe that will keep you in the right social circles all year long. And here's how to do that.

14 Words You Probably Misspelled

dictionary.com | Posted 09.14.2014 | Books

In reviewing Dictionary.com’s misspellings of the year (I’d prefer to call them “nonstandard spellings” but the Spelling Despots among you wou...

Why Are Americans Butchering the English Language?

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 11.02.2014 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

It's not too late to draw a line in the sand. We must be vigilant and protect our English pronouns from further abuse.

Getting Along Better with Others

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.23.2014 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

I can guarantee that if you think about whether to use "to" or "with" and put into practice actually saying what you mean, it will make a big difference in how you get along with other people.

Why You Need to Stop Using LOL. Right Now.

Emma Nicholson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Comedy
Emma Nicholson

Please, for the love of all that's good and holy, stop the nonsense. We've overcome this problem before and we can do it again. Remember saying things were "radical" or "rad"?

Here's The One Word Everyone Is Saying/Writing Right Now

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Books

We all love slash can't stop using "slash."

Confused By The Comma? Here's Your Guide

Rob Reinalda | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

The comma is such a little mark, but it can prompt big confusion -- and heated debate -- about its use.

Why Parents Shouldn't Be Concerned About Their Children's Texting

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

My assumption had been that when children use incorrectly spelled words, poor grammar, change the way words look in print, and substitute symbols and images (e.g. emoticons) to communicate, it will have a negative effect on their spelling, grammar, and reading and writing skills. Logical, don't you think?

Bully/Nerd

Josh Stein-Sapir | Posted 09.23.2014 | Media
Josh Stein-Sapir

If a person is going to make an argument or declaration that includes facts or even just an effort to persuade, then they must at least adhere to the lowest common denominator of a written argument to be taken seriously.

I Can't Remember If It's 'Effected' or 'Affected,' Hence Your Blog Post Has Impacted Me Greatly

James Napoli | Posted 08.05.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

I wanted to tell you something meaningful about that very well-researched and insightful blog you posted yesterday. I got going on a really nice...

Sex and Good Grammar

Renee Fisher | Posted 07.16.2014 | Comedy
Renee Fisher

The rules of the English language are gradually being reduced to mild suggestions, to be used only in the event of being in fifth grade. For actual everyday life, which includes newscasts and TV talk shows, language is less dependable.

Boiling It Down: This Essay Is Awesome

Harold Nonken | Posted 06.30.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

It strikes me as strange, if not weird, that if something is so profound that it inspires awe -- then shouldn't it be full of awe? Is anything beautisome? Wondersome? Faithsome?

An Open Letter Regarding The Open Letter

Sarah Thomas | Posted 06.22.2014 | Books
Sarah Thomas

You see, this is actually a critique of the trend of the open letter, in all of its asinine inescapability. #Sorrynotsorry, dear reader -- it's the nature of the open letter to trick you into reading it.