Posts tagged ‘grammar’

March 10, 2018

For want of a hyphen

by allthoughtswork

Someone forgot a hyphen

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July 30, 2017

Grammar lesson for fishermen

by allthoughtswork

Read this title:

Caught: An 80-Pound Catfish With Less-Than-Great Equipment

Related image

Now, what did you visualize?

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April 4, 2017

Apostrophe Vigilante

by duncanr

there’s some right queer folk around!

while some like to go to the theatre, cinema, pub, club, or restaurant of an evening or unwind at home in front of the TV, this guy likes to patrol the streets of Bristol with his ‘apostrophiser’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39459831

December 14, 2016

Skitt’s Law

by duncanr

hhmmm, this would make a ideal xmas gift for a certain someone 😆

skitt

P.S. Skitt’s Law states that . . . “Any post correcting an error in another post will contain at least one error itself

Who spotted the mistake on the mug above?

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November 17, 2014

Marooned

by duncanr

stranded1_2

years passed, and then one day . . .

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July 16, 2014

Word Crimes

by duncanr

I think nobbly might like this one . . .

August 21, 2013

Who vs Whom : Who Cares ?

by duncanr

puzzledOur resident grammar geek on Madhatters – Nobblysan – will have no need to read this post but those of us who agonize over whether to use ‘who’ or ‘whom’ in a sentence may find this article helpful – http://theoatmeal.com/comics/who_vs_whom

Or they may, like me, decide – other than nobbly – to whom does it matter ?

Or to put it another way – who cares? 😆

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May 14, 2013

10 Questions on Grammar

by duncanr

grammar teacherHow well do you know your grammar?

Do you know your dangling particles from you misplaced modifiers?

Buggered if I do (no surprise there to some folk that know me)

I scored a not very creditable 5 out of 10 (and one of those correct answers was a guess) on this test –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22512744

Who can better my score?

October 8, 2012

Grammar Nazi Torture

by duncanr

importance of correct grammarThe prime function of language is to enable information to be communicated from one person to another. If the form of that communication is the written word then spelling and grammar play an important part in ensuring that the reader of the communication understands the message the author of the communication intended to convey.

That said, however, the human brain – even when registering that a word has been spelt incorrectly or that the grammatical structure of the sentence is wrong – will nevertheless ignore these errors and seamlessly interpret the communication exactly as the author intended.

To one – [no need to mention names] – who cares deeply about language, though, being confronted on a daily basis by mis-spelt words and ungrammatical sentences is a sore trial . . .

http://tinyurl.com/8bvoutg

September 10, 2012

The very model of an amateur grammarian

by duncanr

I am the very model of an amateur grammarian
I have a little knowledge and I am authoritarian
But I make no apology for being doctrinarian
We must not plummet to the verbal depths of the barbarian

I’d sooner break my heart in two than sunder an infinitive
And I’d disown my closest family within a minute if
They dared to place a preposition at a sentence terminus
Or sully the Queen’s English with neologisms verminous

I know that ‘soon’ and not ‘right now’ is the true sense of ‘presently’
I’m happy to correct you and I do it oh so pleasantly
I’m not a grammar Nazi; I’m just a linguistic Aryan
I am the very model of an amateur grammarian

I’m sure people appreciate my . . . http://tinyurl.com/9abqa9e