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Grammar

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 09.03.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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.

11 Words That Sound Dirty But Aren't

| Liberty Hardy | Posted 04.18.2014 | Books

By Liberty Hardy of Bookriot Because I have the maturity level of an eight-year-old, here’s a list of grammar terms and words that sound dirty. U...

13 Common Words You Are Probably Mixing Up

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.17.2014 | Fifty

For some reason, people just can't seem to get the difference between "they're" and "their" and "there." One is a contraction of they are, one is the ...

What Is Happening to Language?

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.08.2014 | Media
SidneyAnne Stone

I have been trying to avoid writing this piece for fear that I will sound like a grumpy old lady which, by the way, I am not. Even as I hear myself discuss this issue I remind myself of my high school English teacher, who was a miserable little thing in case you were wondering, yet I still feel compelled to introduce the topic.

WATCH: Yup, The English Language Is Insane

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 04.04.2014 | Books

Seriously, what is with the English language? Why is the plural of box boxes, but the plural of ox oxen? It makes no sense, people! ASAP Thought's...

Is Your Usage Right When You Say 'Grammar'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.25.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

People love to write about writing. All too often, these pieces are titled "10 essential grammar tips" or the like, and the author proceeds to talk about common errors in writing that aren't actually grammatical in nature, or he or she compares anvils and oranges.

Quiz: Which Time-Sucking Yet Irresistible Internet Article Are You?

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy
Jolie Jenkins

Shirk your responsibilities and answer these questions to find out!

Are You Guilty of Using These Malapropisms?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

To set things straight -- and with a nod to Mrs. Malaprop (go on, Google it) -- I offer the following glossary, with which all writers, editors, and other communicators should become familiar.

5 Words You're Probably Misusing

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.13.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

In the game of Telephone, by the time the message reaches the last player in the queue, it usually bears little resemblance to the initial utterance. With that in mind, here are some words that many people use frequently -- and incorrectly.

The Grammar Mistake You Just Might Be Making

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Errant positioning of modifiers can lead to ambiguity or, far worse, an outright distortion of your meaning.

These Things You Do Every Day Have Changed The English Language As We Know It

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books

We're always adding new words to the English language -- selfie, twerk, hashtag, et cetera. This isn't about that. We tap out more messages each da...

3 Grammar Mistakes You Just Might Be Making

| Posted 02.05.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Grammar are a persnickety…wait…let’s try that again. Grammar is a persnickety cog in the writing machine. Try as w...

12 Commonly Misused Words And Phrases

Sara Schwartz | 2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Are you (or someone you love) making these grammar mistakes? End the confusion for good. Read more from Grandparen...

Are You Botching These Smart-Sounding Words?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Perhaps the most common of these offenses occurs with the lengthening -- by a mere syllable, sometimes -- of the correct word to make it the wrong one for the circumstances.