English is a wacky language.
Just ask my 4 year old, who recently corrected me for saying that he “bought lunch.” He said, “No Daddy, I buyeded lunch.” You’re right son, you buyeded that pizza.
Anyway, English has a lot of strange quirks. Here’s one.
Place an emphasis on the only, and share this magic trick with your friends. Read more
I’ve heard a sentiment over the last few years that goes something like this: “Everyone’s a writer. We all just need to tap into our ‘inner writer’ to become one.”
That’s probably a simplistic representation, but the sentiment is along those lines.
It sounds nice. It might make you feel a little warm and fuzzy inside.
But it’s not true. Read more
If you get these jokes, you’re a true English major.
I think my personal favorite is #6: “The bar was walked into by the passive voice.”
Grammar jokes…they get me every time. If you haven’t seen Weird Al Yankovic’s amazing parody, “Word Crimes,” then take a few minute to watch that today too. Read more
Enjoy, fellow writer nerds.
This comedian beautifully captures the problems with spellcheck. You still need to proofread! Read more
I used to edit a lot more than I do these days. Thankfully, better editors were hired for the job and I was allowed to focus on what I enjoy more—writing.
But I still know just enough about editing to be dangerous. And I also know just enough to have an opinion about some of the more annoying grammatical errors that pop up all over the place these days, especially on social media.
So here’s my take on some of the worst recurring grammatical errors. Read more
There’s an old BBC interview from 1956 with Elizabeth Bowen, author of The Death of the Heart, in which she discusses the importance of strong characters.
She poses this question: Read more