Tag Archives: Language

Error Etiquette

Is it OK to point out people’s language mistakes? You can argue it both ways. On the one hand, overlooking syntactic slipups (of the “I speak English pretty good” variety) seems part of common courtesy, like disregarding someone’s use of … Continue reading

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Eats, Shites and Leaves

As I see it, being parodied is a pretty reliable barometer of success. For an up-to-the-minute example, we need look no further than Psy and the 33,000+ parodies his Gangnam Style song/video has spawned. When Weird Al Yankovic hitched his … Continue reading

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Quebec vs. Ontario showdown

A few dates into my relationship with my now-husband, we were chatting in his car and he finished a thought with “If I hadda known.” Say what? “If I hadda known,” he repeated. Insufferable language snob that I am, I … Continue reading

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It’s in the genes

I once read that about 20 percent of people are “grammar sensitive,” meaning that poor grammar activates an almost allergic response in such people. While the average Joe either shrugs off or fails to notice grammatical glitches, we grammar-sensitive types … Continue reading

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Like nails on a chalkboard, part 1

There’s no shortage of English language abuses, so I plan to make this topic a recurring theme. I’ll start with a few utterances that hurt my ears as much as rock music seemed to hurt my grandmother’s. “How can people … Continue reading

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The rhyme and the reason

I’ve launched this blog to reach out to other people who are passionate about the English language and its rampant misuses.  My ultimate aim is to create a global village of like-minded English grammar geeks who will change the world, … Continue reading

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