Good Grammar, Bad Driving

rogersgeorge on February 12th, 2017

Mom’s bad driving and correcting of peoples’ grammar are running jokes in JumpStart.

Okay, I’ve never heard the thing/think mistake myself, but it must happen or Robb Armstrong wouldn’t have made the joke. She’s correct, though. The other joke in the strip is that he’s not exaggerating; he does mean “literally,” not “figuratively.”

And to add my own note of grammatical pedantry, when you exaggerate, you’re speaking hyperbolically.

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Counting and Measuring

rogersgeorge on February 10th, 2017

The words “less” and “fewer” cause problems for some people. I wrote a post about that problem recently. The gist is that when you’re counting something, use “fewer,” and when you’re measuring, use “less.” If you’re not comparing, the words are “number” and “amount.” Here’s an article with a tricky usage: Deep ocean sediment cores from […]

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Be Careful of those Adverbs

rogersgeorge on February 8th, 2017

I’ve complained about adverb misuse before, particularly when it’s near the beginning of the sentence, and often in headlines. Such as this one I picked more or less at random: Trump Reportedly Threatened To Send US Troops To Mexico A more informative way to say this would be: [Name of the entity that did the reporting] reported […]

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Grammar Quiz?

rogersgeorge on February 6th, 2017

I have no idea why this is funny—I don’t know enough pop culture references, I guess. You have permission to explain it to me in the comments. Dan Piraro does a good job of being bizarre in his Bizarro comic.

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A Word About “Time”

rogersgeorge on February 4th, 2017

Unlike most things, time flows in only one direction. Physicists say that all the equations of quantum dynamics, and many other things, work both forward and backwards. Think of the commutative rule in high school math: 3×4=4×3 and 2y=x is the same as x=2y. But time goes only forward. Keep this in mind when you […]

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