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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

languagemonitor.com | 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...

'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?

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.

National Punctuation Day: Take The Huffington Post Punctuation Quiz!

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Today, friends, is National Punctuation Day, "a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, a...

National Punctuation Day

The Huffington Post | Sammy Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today is National Punctuation Day and language lovers across the country have been celebrating all things grammatical. With the proliferation of pu...

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...

When Punctuation Goes Terribly, Terribly Wrong

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Shore

Below is the exact same personal letter, punctuated two different ways. After reading them both, you'll agree that proper punctuation can spell the difference between a second date and a restraining order.

'The Great Typo Hunt'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson traveled across the U.S. for two and a half months to find and correct typos in public signage. Deck and Herson tell...

WATCH: Grammar Pet Peeves

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Arianna has griped about its misuse before and, frankly, the number of misplaced apostrophe's -- oops, we mean apostrophes -- out there has become dow...