Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Grammar Head alert!

I can't help it. I've spent too many years as a professional proofreader and copy editor to avoid noticing how often we mangle the English language. So I was "thrilled" when I stumbled across The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.

It's "brilliant!" Also not to be missed are:
Lowercase l

Apostrophe Abuse

Passive Aggressive Notes
And yes I am aware, thank you very much, that Grammar is #99 on the big list of Stuff White People Like ...

7 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

LOL! The apostrophe abuse is hilarious! All of those links were great, thanks!

Personally, I love to over use the (...) in my comments and post texts. I know it's annoying to people which shows my passive aggressive side,I guess....

;-)

Sara said...

uh oh, I'm in deep trouble.

Cootamundra W said...

I'm in lots of trouble also.

But I really like the grammar blogs. Thanks for sharing them. I think I will share them with 2 students I know.

Sue J said...

Oh -- I'm not immune. Sometimes I read a sentence I wrote earlier in the day and I just have to say ... "yuck!"

Cootamundra w, I have a feeling your 2 students might enjoy looking for examples in "the real world"

G said...

These blog's are entirely too funny. Reading them let's me know I'm not the only one who find's grammar interesting. I do love the misuse of the apostrophe. Grammar is just interesting for it's own sake. My favorite apostrophe misuse is getting a greeting card signed, for instance, The Brown's. Sometimes you see that on a sign or a large rock in front of a house. Of course, in that case they may be trying to tell us that the rock belongs to them. Maybe that's why it's in their yard as opposed to being in the neighbors' yard. I don't know. As an English teacher, I see so many variations on the language that it's not funny. Well, sometimes it is funny, but in a sad sort of way. One other grammar note. Where in the world do newscasters go to school? I always take a grammatical error by one of them as a personal affront. If they want me to listen to their shallow, biased "news"cast ( apostrophe use intended) they can at least use correct grammar.

Sue J said...

G -- I thought your "comment" had to many error's until I red all the way threw ....

Courtney said...

here's where i go nuts w/ grammar- those who cannot distinguish the following:

they're/there/their
here/hear
our/are
through/threw
effect/affect

eeks!