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Young, Old and In Between Equals Success

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.28.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

When I was a young adult and thought I had all the answers to life, and yet was looking for more information that might give me a leg up on success, I...

The (Hilarious) Grammar Mistake We All Make

Emma C. S. McLaughlin | Posted 11.05.2013 | Teen
Emma C. S. McLaughlin

I don't know if I'm right or if I'm wrong or even if there is a right or a wrong in this situation. I don't know if I'm the first person to even ask this question. But I'm sure there is an answer out there, and I would like to know what it is.

Texting, Tweeting and Terrible Grammar in K-12 Schools

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Internet and cell phone cultures have brought a whole new meaning to American slang. Not only are kids these days speaking informally, but now those r...

Truth or Perception

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.03.2013 | College
William B. Bradshaw

Many people tell me they do not think using correct grammar is all that important. But one does not expect that attitude to prevail in what is supposedly an elite college preparatory school: one would expect the goal to be academic excellence rather than popular perception.

Mrs. Jones, Coaches, and Grandma

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

Competent professors and teachers can make such a difference in the lives of their students.

Its Not Grammar... It's Grammar

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Tarun Sakhrani

How often does your phone automatically correct your words? How often has a coherent sentence become one of absolute gibberish or at least one that ...

Commas, Periods, and Quotation Marks

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

If you follow these three rules, you will always be correct when using quotation marks with other forms of punctuation.

'The Great Gypsy'?!

Posted 07.11.2013 | Books

Summer reading lists are a common thing for schools - but usually the books on the list actually exist. A list produced by a Long Island school di...

The Language Trend I've Finally Embraced

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

I am a lover of words. It says so in my bio and it has been going on for a very long time. I even made up the word ollymollymento somewhere in my sixth year of life. I'm not certain of its meaning, but I always liked the way it rolled off my tongue and sounded to my ear.

Tweet Or Text? The Acronym Guide For Dummies

Tammy Bleck | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

It all started with OMG, followed by LOL which quickly progressed into LMAO and ROTFL. It wasn't long before girls were discussing their BF and their BFFs and telling their parents they would BRB. It all adds up to TMI for many of us. Don't worry, for those you who are fast track impaired, I've provided a translation at the bottom of this post.

Fishes -- and Other Things

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.27.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

A week later she telephoned me and rather sheepishly admitted that, much to her surprise and contrary to what she had been taught, "fishes" was the correct plural of "fish" when referring to different kinds or species of fish. Her seeing the light pleased me. But then I made a mistake.

The Irksome Grammar Mistake That Almost Everyone Makes

Joan Gage | Posted 06.04.2013 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Well I'm 72 and I suspect that I'm the last person on earth who knows the proper usage of 'lie' and 'lay.' Not that I would dream of correcting anyone, such as my fabulously flexible and toned Pilates teachers who say about a dozen times an hour, 'Now everyone lay down on your mat with your head facing the mirror.'

The 65 Business Words You Should Never Say

Harvard Business Review | Bryan A. Garner | Posted 03.28.2013 | Small Business

This article originally appeared as a blog post with the Harvard Business Review. It's mission-critical to be plain-spoken, whether you're trying t...

Why I Celebrated National Grammar Day and Why You Should Have, Too!

Lee Kolbert | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Lee Kolbert

National Grammar Day was Monday, March 4, 2013. It is a day to write well, speak well, and help others do the same. It is a day to put aside our annoyances and pet peeves, and declare our appreciation for the effective use of our language.

Singles Focus on the Mouth

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
William B. Bradshaw

In casual conversation with friends and in professional settings, I am frequently asked to explain why good grammar is so important. Many people in to...

Why Only Some Grammar Rules Are Breakable

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 04.11.2013 | Books
Dr. Joel Hoffman

A misguided debate is ranging over English grammar. It began when authors Patricia O'Conner and Steward Kellerman claimed in the Smithsonian that "most of what you know about grammar is wrong."

Is "No Problem" a Problem?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.23.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

Using "no problem" as a synonym for "you're welcome" has only been around since the late 1900s and tends to be used predominately by people younger than forty. But regardless of one's age, all of us need to refrain from using "no problem" in this way.

'Affect' or 'Effect'

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

For most people, it is difficult to know when and how to use "affect" and "effect." Their meanings and uses have stabilized in recent years, so let's sort this all out. It's really not all that difficult.

The Fiscal Cliff and the Two Percent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

The top story in the news these days is the "fiscal cliff." I'm a general studies major and don't know all that much about taxes and net worth, so I ...

The Grammar Mistakes You Are Probably Making In Your Final Paper

Posted 11.28.2012 | College

Writing is difficult, especially under exam duress. So how do you make sure your final paper is as great as it can be when you only have two days to w...

10 Surprising Facts About Wedding Invitations

Posted 11.01.2012 | Weddings

Turns out there's more to wedding invitations than just a card and an envelope. Simply Bridal dug up 10 facts about wedding invitations you didn't...

Words Are Not Enough: Banks and Presidential Debates

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.31.2012 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

The other day I made a sizable bank deposit at the drive-up window after the lobby was closed. When I looked at the receipt, I noticed that the funds ...

America's Obsession With Grammar and What It Means

Elad Nehorai | Posted 12.23.2012 | Books
Elad Nehorai

Ever since the internet has come about, it seems, and especially since the widespread use of Facebook, grammar has suddenly exploded on the scene as a cool new passion.

Politics, Presidential Debates, and Spin

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We voters want to learn as much as possible about the two presidential candidates and what they really stand for, and we look to the presidential debates and their accompanying spin rooms to provide us with this information.

The Secret of the Third Sentence

Jeff Klima | Posted 12.17.2012 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

A lot of would-be writers are always asking me what the secret is to writing good, compelling articles. Well, I normally keep the answer as a sort of proprietary secret, but because you seem like a good egg, I'll tell you. Make sure that every third sentence you write is f***ing awesome!