Posts Tagged ‘Grammar’

Grammar is Still Important!

October 20, 2014

Even with the explosion of social media and texting, using the right words is important (and spelling them out, no more shortcuts).  Don’t embarrass yourself by using any of the following goofs.    If you really don’t know the differences on when to use these variations, then take the time to look it up prior to using . . .  you will be glad you did.  This infographic should be a great help to get you started.


Courtesy of copyblogger and BlueGlass.

Techspeak and Grammar!

March 2, 2013

Here is an infographic (courtesy of that explores the impact techspeak has on grammar.  The bottom line: an increased reliance on text messaging and techspeak is greatly impacting (if not destroying) our writing and verbal communication skills. The culprits or major contributors to this decline are the use of abbreviations, word substitutions, acronyms, and emoticons.

Does Texting Hurt Your Grammar?

Grammar . . . Or, A Lack Thereof?

September 2, 2010

Is it a result of trying to write as if we were speaking?  Is it a result of being lazy, taking shortcuts, and splicing sentence fragments or random thoughts together via punctuation?  Is it a result of using mobile devices and the speed with which we attempt to communication (i.e., texting and tweeting: getting your point across quickly and with as few a number of characters as possible)?  I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of a poorly constructed sentence at some point in our lives (I know that I have), but how many people remain totally unaware? 


\an-uh-kuh-LOO-thee-uh\, noun;

1. Lack of grammatical sequence or coherence, esp. in a sentence.

While anacoluthia  generally describes a grammatically garbled sentence, an anacoluthon  is a technical term in rhetoric that describes “a construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as in ‘It makes me so-I just get angry.'”  (Source:

Grammar: “The grave of letters.” (Elbert Hubbard)

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!

October 17, 2009

How error free are your blog posts?    How well do you proofread prior to hitting “send” (email) or “publish” (blog)?  Here’s a wonderful list compiled by Douglas Karr (for the entire article, check out

I always consult my Gregg Reference Manual whenever I am in doubt.  A very handy reference tool indeed!

50 Common Writing Errors

  1. Ad or add
  2. Adverse or Averse
  3. Advice or Advise
  4. Affect or Effect
  5. Alot or A lot
  6. Amoral or Immoral
  7. A part or Apart
  8. Assure or Ensure or Insure
  9. Allusion or Illusion
  10. Awhile or A while
  11. Centrifugal or Centripetal
  12. Cite or Site or Sight
  13. Collocated or Colocated
  14. Complement or Compliment
  15. Comprise or Compose
  16. Conscience or Conscious
  17. Council or Counsel
  18. Definitely
  19. Dependent or Dependant
  20. Desert or Dessert
  21. Disinterested or Uninterested
  22. Elicit or Illicit
  23. Emberass or Embarrass
  24. Entomology or Etymology
  25. Enquire or Inquire
  26. Ensure or Insure
  27. Every day or Everyday
  28. Farther or Further
  29. Flaunt or Flout
  30. Hear vs Here
  31. It’s or Its
  32. Know or Now
  33. Lay or Lie
  34. Lets or Let’s
  35. Loose or Lose
  36. Loser or Looser
  37. Militate or Mitigate
  38. Payed or Paid
  39. Practice or Practise
  40. Principle or Principal
  41. Regardless or Irrespective
  42. Stationery or Stationary
  43. Than or Then
  44. They’re, Their or There
  45. Would of, Should of, Could of or Would’ve, Should’ve, Could’ve
  46. Where or Were or We’re
  47. Which or That
  48. Who or Whom
  49. Your or You’re
  50. You or I or me