- Producer14/09/2017Thursday Thought: Some Punctuation Rules Make NO Sense!We all live by some rules — legal, financial, societal — and we do know what we’re supposed to do because of them. We stop at red lights, we pay our bills, we say please and thank you, and we take care of our families.But in the world of American...
Comments15/09/2017 #9 siraj shaik@Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess interesting insights from a maestro (or should I use "master or mentor". Correct me). "Rather having defined character limit, still I have much space to write. Where as at some other comment space does not provide lengthy conversations to type. Because of limited character limit. And another aspect "to keep in stream by responding instantly and also at same time keep following shared text by others" (reference chat apps engagement either to individual responses or in group exchanging discussion". Mayb the reeson (typo's occur) and to keep in pace, find the best ways expressing the sentence so that other(s) easily know what I had written". In finding the best ways to cut short a longer sentence or to keep pace along with others in group (I may not only overlook the auto dictionary feature, using an emoji will save me characters). Can these be reasons of why and more often grammatically correct sentences not much in use and diminishing. W ho to blame remains a choice to ignore.15/09/2017 #8 John Rylance@Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, I'm not an ace at punctuation. I know many things I should and should not do grammar wise. The important thing is whether what you write is what you want to or intend saying.
I did put my nit picking hat on and wondered if when you typed Thanks for sharing Susan you meant to put either a full stop or perhaps an ! ( do I need a full stop here after the !?)15/09/2017 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorYou know, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, I was having a great day until I had to think about apostrophes, especially the singles. Use of single apostrophes has always been a bit confusing to me. Thank you for your dedication to keeping my grammar in check.14/09/2017 #5 Phil FriedmanGreat fun, Susan. I have to raise a "correction", though. Single "quotes" are used to "mention" words when they are not being "used". For example, as when I write the word 'five' is composed of four letters. This is independent of whether the occurrence is inside or outside the normal quote marks. "Scare quotes" are double and used when a word is being used, but on wants to indicate it is being used in an ironic or otherwise non-committal manner -- as when I might say the is a "grown up" woman. I agree that "nested" quotes always alternate from the outside inward, starting with double quotes, then single, then double, etc. Cheers!
- 15/03/2017This buzz comes with a special shout out to our resident "Grammar Goddess" @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess -- who vs. whom...How to remember who vs. whomwww.cjr.org In the nearly nine years we have been writing this column, we have never explicitly discussed the difference between “who” and “whom.” One reason is that few people care anymore. They haven’t cared for some time. As our predecessor, Evan Jenkins,...
- Producer28/12/2016Wednesday Words: Who and WhomFrom what I've seen over the 20+ years I've been helping business professionals (re)learn the finer points of American grammar, very few folks know how to use who and whom.Seriously. You probably do not. So I thought I'd see if a post on just these...
Comments29/12/2016 #11 John RylanceFor interest, sad person that I am, I looked up who and whom in my dictionary. (Note to self get a life John)
To get to the point it succinctly laid out what Susan explained, finishing with this statement.
In modern English there are many speakers who rarely use whom at all, employing who in all contexts; today this use is broadly accepted in standard English.
The thin end of the wedge? It will be should have/of, along with would and could have/of next. Where will it end?29/12/2016 #6 Phil FriedmanGreat piece, as usual, Susan. Grammar made palatable by filtering out presumption and self-satisfaction. One point, though, if I may. On #5, if one properly rewrites the sentence to "To who/whom were you talking?", not only will one's prose sound better (although perhaps slightly less colloquial) but the who/whom answer will become obvious. Cheers and best wishes for a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year.28/12/2016 #5 Jared 🐝 WieseWonderful post, Susan. I thought I knew a thing or two about who/whom, but you've taught us such better ways! Thank you very much.
One side note, for hack #1, it seems that people often do the opposite - using whom when unsure. So that alone is sure to help many!
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- Producer06/09/2016I am not the grammar police. But...Grammar matters. A lot. “I will revert back to you Monday.”Those words shouldn’t have caused me any anxiety. But at least one of them did. I think it goes back to my school days. You see, I’m a terrible speller. Always have been. In elementary...
Comments06/09/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianSomebody once said that it was important to know the rules so that you know which to break and when.
Too many people misuse words as intelli-speak (they think it sounds smarter, when it really doesn't) "Revert back" is one such. "Utilize" is another.
Both make professional wordsmiths' skin crawl.
If he reverts to you that means he becomes you again. Has he ever been you? How, then, can he become you again? Is there substantial surgery involved? Perhaps a time machine?
- 15/08/2016@Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, I was out wandering the other day and I started wondering what is correct. "Get off of the boat," sounds ok, until you put it to a test. "get on the boat/get off the boat." "I am American," or, "I am an American."
- Producer11/07/2016What Good is Good Grammar Anyway?This post came about thanks to an article that Maggi Kirkbride found, read, and shared -- and tagged me with. You can read it here. Thanks, Maggi! The article is concerned about correcting another's grammar, which doesn't seem to allow the writer's...
Comments18/10/2016 #17 Deena (Laidlaw) ParsolanoI just saw this on LinkedIn. The one thing that i feel you missed is autocorrect. The rise of autocorrect has caused many, otherwise intelligent, people to seem unintelligible. I turned mine off, yet sometimes the app autocorrects when you hit enter. It is frustrating to see a well thought out point become a series of gibberish because a word isnt recognized. I haven't figured out how that translates into changing other words in the post. *Sigh* Somehow, if autocorrect thinks you have one word wrong, it thinks it should find other possible words to change. I have checked a post, multiple times, and was appalled when my post suddenly said 'My son served in an Afghan blanket'
I am making it my life's work to figure out how and why Afghanistan would be changed to Afghan blanket. I am also curious why it doesn't fix an obviously misspelled word, for example, changef doesn't correct to changed.
Ah, the mysteries of life...*chuckle*