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Grammar Pet Peeves

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

James Napoli | Posted 06.05.2014 | 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...

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...

The Age of Impoliteness

Imogen Lloyd Webber | Posted 05.20.2013 | Style
Imogen Lloyd Webber

Perhaps I am just getting old. Maybe it's the new normal to arrive twenty minutes late, to arrange a meeting so you can spend its duration broadcasting to the world where your physical but not mental presence is and to never snail mail.

'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.

10 Things You Need to Stop Saying in 2013

Michael Cohen | Posted 03.12.2013 | Miami
Michael Cohen

We need to stop abbreviating life, dump the clichés and expressions that have been abused ad nauseam. Here, 10 things that you should drop like its hot (including that annoying Yayyy!!!) in 2013. Are you like, ready?

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...

Why I'm Not a Grammar Freak

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 10.16.2012 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

My biggest reason for not being a grammar freak is that a grammar error has never really stopped me from understanding what's being said.

The Phrase That Makes You Sound Like A Loser

Zoë Triska | Posted 07.21.2012 | Books
Zoë Triska

Once upon a time, I dated this guy. He was a complete douchebag. Oh, there were many signs in advance that he was scummy. He was very rarely available; seeing him was always on his terms; he never really wanted to commit, even after months of dating.

Is The Apostrophe About To Disappear?

Henry Hitchings | Posted 01.01.2012 | Books
Henry Hitchings

While this is not to say that the apostrophe should be renounced, there is plenty of evidence that it is on the way out. Like a lot of moderately successful devices, it continues to have fans - not least the people whose names contain apostrophes.

Don't Blame These Book Problems on the Author!

Dave Astor | Posted 12.18.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

So, with an affectionate nod to Peeves the Poltergeist of Harry Potter, here are a few book-related pet peeves that aren't the authors' fault.

Affect Or Effect? 'Grammar Girl' On The 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse

npr.org | By Mignon Fogarty | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books

Further versus farther, compliment versus complement, affect versus effect -- the ever-complex, often-irregular English language is full of traps and ...

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...

Grammar Pet Peeves: Em Dashes—Why Writers Should Use Them More Sparingly

Slate Magazine | Noreen Malone | Posted 07.26.2011 | Books

According to the Associated Press Stylebook--Slate's bible for all things punctuation- and grammar-related--there are two main prose uses--the abrupt ...

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 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, ...

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......

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...

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...

'Toponymity'

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?

Official New Dictionary Words

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Around 2,000 new words, phrases, and meanings have been added to the dictionary of American English, including bromance -- defined as "a close but non...

Grammar Pet Peeves

Bethany Keeley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bethany Keeley

At one time in history, quotation marks served a single purpose: they were used for quoting people. But from my experience assembling both "The Book o...

Chicago Manual Of Style Guide Changes Grammar Rules

Glendale News Press | June Casagrande | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

But every once in a while, the people overseeing what you read change the rules, as the "Chicago Manual of Style" did recently when it released its 16...