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PHOTOS: Cliches You Wish Were Banned From Use

Posted 09.17.2011 | Books

Wake up and smell the coffee. Stop and smell the roses. The grass is always greener on the other side. We've all heard them a million times, and t...

WATCH: Your Grammar Sucks

Posted 09.10.2011 | Comedy

Jack is taking a stand against the horrible spelling and grammar displayed by most YouTube commenters by doing a dramatic reading of some of his favor...

PHOTOS Grammar Pet Peeves: 4th of July Edition

Posted 08.31.2011 | Books

It's 4th of July weekend (pretty much) and we are thinking about the same things as you are: hotdogs, hamburgers, beach, pool, sun and, most of all, r...

Oxford Comma Commotion Leaves Punctuation Snobs Distraught

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 08.30.2011 | Books

LONDON — A report that Oxford University had changed its comma rule left some punctuation obsessives alarmed, annoyed, and distraught. Passions ...

Matt Sledge

Subletting On Craigslist? Try Grammar | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.08.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- The desperate, last-minute hustle to rent a room in New York City often ends, for both landlords and tenants, on Craigslist. The site stre...

Apostrophe Catastrophe, or the Consolations of the Internet

John Brown | Posted 07.31.2011 | College
John Brown

Jefferson's lack of concern regarding the use of the apostrophe, as a Founding Father, suggests that there is a tradition in the United States regarding the tyrannical imposition of a "regulated" apostrophe.

Grammar Pet Peeves: Who, Whom, None Is Or Are?

Robert Lane Greene | Posted 07.22.2011 | Books
Robert Lane Greene

Many people think of language as a set of rules; break them, and you're Wrong. But that's not how language works. There are different degrees of wrongness, and there's not a bright line between the degrees.

Grammar Pet Peeves: The Difference Between Good English And Correct English

Robert Lane Greene | Posted 07.14.2011 | Books
Robert Lane Greene

Everyone has a language peeve. Mine is "literally," a great word with no close synonym. When used as a mere intensifier or to mean simply "It felt as though..." it has almost no kick at all.

In Defense Of Improper Grammar

More Intelligent Life | Posted 06.28.2011 | Books

I've long been the office language nerd. This isn't a terribly distinguished position. Every office has at least one person who proof-reads with extra...

Grammar Pet Peeves: The Most Cringe Worthy Mistakes Yet (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.26.2011 | Books

We admit that grammar is not always simple. After all, there are some complicated rules in the English language. The following mistakes, however, ...

Honor Your Readers, Hire an Editor

Donna Marie Williams | Posted 05.31.2011 | Books
Donna Marie Williams

The dramatic rise in self-published books should mean that indie editors like myself are working overtime. Unfortunately that's not the case, and consequently our dirty underwear is showing.

The 9 Funniest Someecards Of The Week

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

In today's tech-driven age, it's so much easier to text, tweet or poke someone as a way to communicate. Things like birthdays, holidays and confession...

Friday Talking Points [156] -- Fighting on Several Fronts

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Crowds of unarmed protesters have been shot at with live ammunition. But dead protesters in our forcibly-imposed democracy is just so not according to the media's storyline.

Besotted, Obsessed, Affinity: Grammar Pet Peeves, The Valentine's Day Edition (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In honor of Valentine's Day, we searched for some love-themed grammar pet peeves. We are absolutely enamored, besotted, obsessed...uh, is it of, by ...

The Oatmeal: What It Means When You Say "Literally"

The Oatmeal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Literally means actually or without exaggeration. When you say "I literally...," it means you're describing something exactly as it happened......

Two Spaces After A Period: Why You Should Never, Ever Do It

Slate Magazine | Farhad Manjoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last month, Gawker published a series of messages that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had once written to a 19-year-old girl he'd become infatuated ...

The Book-Length Sentence In The Age Of Twitter

New York Times | ED PARK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The most famous mega-sentence in literature comes at the end of the book, not the beginning. Molly Bloom's monologue from "Ulysses" (1922) --36 pages ...

Grammar Pet Peeves

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although most likely better remembered for Snookie and Kanye's Tweets, 2010 also had its fair share of momentous grammar events. From misused to apost...

Drinking the Literary Kool-Aid

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Klima

Language does need rules. Grammar exists for a reason and it's a pretty damn valid one.

Top Words Of 2010 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

AUSTIN, Texas November 15, 2010 -- The Global Language Monitor has announced that Spillcam is the Top Word, Anger and Rage the Top Phrase and Chinese ...

Calling The Grammar Police!

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

We've all griped about grammar before and our popular series of Grammar Pet Peeves slide shows has shown that Huff Post Books readers are a legion of ...

Grammar Pet Peeves

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As writers, readers and all around bibliophiles, the HuffPost Books community, including us, can't get enough of the schadenfreude of grammar mistakes...


John Marciano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Marciano

But how many people know that "hack" comes from Hackney in London, jeans from Genoa, or coach from the Hungarian city of Kocs?

Grammar Pet Peeves

The Wall Street Journal | ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I am not at all sure--convinced, certain, persuaded--that creative-writing courses are a good idea unless they prevent people from writing sentences l...

Grammar Pet Peeves

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Still, there's always more mischievous mistakes making way into our language and you -- HuffPost contributors and commenters -- have never been shy with sharing.