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Grammar

At Last, They Has Arrived!

Robin Hardman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Robin Hardman

A few weeks ago, the American Dialect Society announced the 2015 Word of the Year: the singular "they." (Lest anyone doubt the authority of the Amer...

The 8 New Rules Of Modern Grammar And Communication

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Pardon me. I'm having an old English teacher and senior moment. Last week, my daughter had to teach her nine-year-old daughter how to use my landline phone. That's right, my very capable granddaughter had no idea how to push the numeric buttons or get a dial tone.

Grammar Nudniks: Please Stop Obsessing About 'They' and 'Their'

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.09.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

You know who you are and you know what I mean. You hear someone say "Everyone should have their rights" or you read a sentence like that and you feel tormented. You simmer. Then you explode. You call down the wrath of the grammar gods on the offenders.

Stop Complaining About The Evolution Of Text Language. Period.

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts

The receiving end of the text above is an uncomfortable place to be. Why? Because "thanks" ends in a period. Yes, it may just mean "thanks." Or ...

21 Glorious Gifts For Grammar Geeks

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts

This holiday season, make a declarative statement by choosing the perfect gift for the person who catches every mistake. YUP.   Al...

7 Books That Celebrate the Beauty of Language

Off The Shelf | Posted 12.03.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Anyone who's ever been irked by improper use of a semicolon or a misplaced comma will find a kindred spirit in Lynne Truss, a British journalist and novelist whose bestselling book covers all manner of mistakes in the English language.

50 Words and Phrases That Writers Get Wrong

ScreenCraft | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

10 Everyday Writing Tips

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 11.19.2015 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

While the earth was still magma, and I was in journalism school, there were certain rules by which we lived, and much of that priceless info came from a bible of sorts -- the Associated Press Stylebook.

Exploring English In The Age Of Emojis

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Marjorie Freimuth

If we didn't allow English to evolve, we would hardly have words enough to express ourselves in our modern society, and we'd still be greeting each other by saying "Ēadig, þec tō mētenne."

Expert Grammar Techniques to Help You Spell Words You Don't Know [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Jonathan Long

Have you ever found yourself frozen in the middle of typing out an email or writing a blog post because you weren't completely sure how to spell a word? This is something that everyone experiences at one point or another -- and spell check isn't always a sure bet.

Dirty Talk for Grammar Nerds

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Comedy
Nikki Gloudeman

Appendix 1: GLOSSARY OF TERMS Assonance Feeling of exaltation after she says she'll finally try it that way. Dangling Modifier Penis. Direct Speech...

10 Screenplay Typos That Will Make Them Think You Can't Write

James Napoli | Posted 10.26.2015 | Entertainment
James Napoli

Some of the more egregious slip-ups can leap off the page in a way you wish your story was leaping, and that lousy first impression could potentially sink the work's effectiveness.

10 Halloween Costumes Inspired by Your SAT and ACT Prep

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Square root: Put on a sweatshirt, any sweatshirt. Use duct tape to affix four root vegetables (I like carrots because they are orange, but feel free to take some liberty here) in the shape of a square.

The Tricky Matter of Gender Identification

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin

I've been thinking about the larger implications of this emerging awareness of gender self-determination. Not only should we respect preferred gender pronouns of people we know, we also shouldn't assume we know the gender pronouns of strangers.

How to Love the One You're With (Even If It's a Manuscript): 4 Tips That Really Work

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

For the last three books, whenever I've been brought to my knees by the process of pushing word boulders uphill, I start the book somewhere new -- generally around fifty pages deeper in, maybe Chapter 3 or Chapter 4. And then, like magic, things start to come together.

Harry Styles Endearingly Corrects Grammar On Fan's Poster

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 09.08.2015 | Entertainment

Harry Styles: musician, hair icon, and now, resident grammar-corrector. At a One Direction concert last week, the singer spotted a fan's poster in the...

Are You Botching Hyphenation?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 08.26.2015 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Hyphenation can be tricky. There's widespread confusion, it seems, about when and how the tiny line segments should and shouldn't be used. With so many instances in which people guess wrong, covering all the misuses would take acres of the Internet.

An Open Letter to Everyone Writing about Sneaky Mountains

Marc Hartzman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Weird News
Marc Hartzman

This is a plea to all the journalists, bloggers, social media posters, and anyone else who writes things for others to see. Stop saying "sneak peak."

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...