A Really Common Mistake

rogersgeorge on February 22nd, 2017

I suppose we’ll lose this battle, but “snuck” is incorrect. It’s “sneaked“!

Curtis - 02/14/2017

I suppose Ray Billingsley can be forgiven for wanting to make Curtis¬†idiomatic, but don’t you ever use “snuck” in your writing. I suppose it’s imitative of sing, sang, sung. Except ever try saying “snack” for the past tense of “sneak”? Doesn’t work, does it? So we went with the perfect, and now we say “sung” when we mean “sang.” Sigh. I’m such a curmudgeon, wanting to get language right…

It’s spelled “meow,” by the way, and the sound kittens make is “mew.”

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Parallelism

rogersgeorge on February 20th, 2017

(I wrote about parallelism at least twice before. Follow the links.) Parallelism in your writing is a good thing. Parallelism¬†means that when you compare two (or more) ideas, the writing should have the same structure. Here are two sentences from an interesting Quora article that don’t have parallelism, but they should. So I’ll fix them. […]

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Comics about Infinitives

rogersgeorge on February 18th, 2017

A Quickie today. I harp on split infinitives every now and then (they’re okay to use) so I wasn’t going to use this comic, but then another one on the same day touched on the subject, so I can’t resist. Brooke McEldowney of 9 Chickweed Lane is an erudite writer and comic artist, one of […]

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Let’s Practice being concise

rogersgeorge on February 16th, 2017

Being concise means you leave out unnecessary words. It also means choosing the shorter of two (or more) equivalent ways of saying something. Here’s a sentence from an interesting article in The Washington Post that’s nice and grammatical, but I’d say it’s a bit wordy. Unless I’m being paid by the word. (Which I’m not.) […]

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Grammar and Motorcycles

rogersgeorge on February 14th, 2017

I happen to own a motorcycle, and I like motorcycling, so I guess that’s as good a reason as any to feature a motorcycle comic on Valentine’s Day. It was sent by my biker friend Jonathan Burt. I’m not sure where he got it. The comic touches on a thought I’ve been meaning to post […]

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