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Grammar 101: I Learned to Hide

August 28th, 2015

Even though my infant daughter probably doesn’t understand much (if any) of what I’m saying, I read her a bedtime story (or three) every night. It’s really more about looking at the pictures and listening to the sound of my voice. We’ve gone through a lot of books and she definitely has some favorites. One […]

Grammar 101: Chewing on Cables

August 20th, 2015

As we discussed in the little story about the girl who likes cookies more than most people, it is of paramount importance to be as clear with your writing as possible. When you leave your words open to interpretation, readers might get the wrong idea and misconstrue what you’re trying to say. And this applies […]

Grammar 101: Grisly, Grizzly and Grizzled

August 10th, 2015

It was a grizzled night for the man with the grisly beard when he stumbled upon an angry grizzly bear in the woods. Nope, that’s not right at all. While we don’t encounter problems with these words nearly as often as we do with there, their and they’re or queue and cue, it’s still important […]

Grammar 101: “My Friday”

July 31st, 2015

“Man, I’ve been working so hard these last few days and I’m absolutely exhausted. It’s a good thing that tomorrow is my Friday. I’m going to celebrate by going out for Wing Wednesdays after work tomorrow.” Do you see the problem with the above statement? This person is referring to tomorrow as “my Friday,” but […]

Grammar 101: Amy Likes Cookies

July 23rd, 2015

The objective behind the Grammar 101 series on this blog is not to be pedantic or to demonstrate my superior grasp of the English language. (I mean, I consider myself to be a pretty good writer, as it’s what I do for a living, but I can make mistakes too.) The objective is more about […]

Grammar 101: A Bad Rap or a Bad Rep

July 13th, 2015

Elaine totally gets a bad rap among her co-workers, but she’s actually a very nice person when you get to know her. Or is that a bad wrap? Maybe it’s a bad rep? What is the correct term to use in this context? Perhaps we should first start with a basic definition. A “bad rap” […]

Your Majesty, Your Grace… But My Lord? (Grammar 101)

June 30th, 2015

If you have been watching Game of Thrones for any length of time, you’ve likely heard a variety of different ways that the characters address the kings and queens, princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, and so forth. On Game of Thrones, they particularly like to use “your grace,” while the more common vernacular would […]

Grammar 101: Authoritative vs. Authoritarian

June 19th, 2015

The words “authoritative” and “authoritarian” sound awfully similar, because they both share a common root word. Yes, they both have something to do with authority, but their definitions are vastly different. Indeed, confusing one term for the other could have a dramatic (and possibly confusing) impact on the meaning that you are trying to convey […]