Lesson in a Pun

rogersgeorge on January 30th, 2018

English is replete with words that are pronounced the same, but spelled differently, and have different meanings. Peek and peak, for instance. We call these homonyms. Here’s another one, not as common, perhaps, but I still recommend you get these right:

Thank you, Hägar the Horrible.

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A Standing Joke

rogersgeorge on January 28th, 2018

The protagonist in Darren Bell’s strip Candorville is a writer. Hence, like me he’s somewhat of a grammar curmudgeon. Darren must figure that this lesson needs repeating, because I’ve seen this conversation before. He’s absolutely correct, too.  Myself, I prefer to shop at grocery stores whose express lane says “15 or fewer items.”

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Why Pronouns are Dangerous

rogersgeorge on January 26th, 2018

Remember, folks, this site is not about politics. I ran into a sentence in a political context, though, that is such an excellent example of why I recommend against pronouns, that I have to quote it. “The president believes in making sure that information is accurate before pushing it out as fact, when it certainly and […]

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Pet Peeve Day Three

rogersgeorge on January 24th, 2018

My peevishness is aroused when people use transitive verbs as if they were intransitive, particularly “display” and “complete.” Enough jargon. Here’s a definition by example: When you display, you display something. When you complete, you complete something. Back to jargon: That word “something” is called a direct object, and transitive verbs always have one. Intransitive […]

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Pet Peeve of the Day: Prior

rogersgeorge on January 22nd, 2018

Priority is when something has to come first because of importance or its place in a series of steps. For example, “my wife has a prior claim on my affections.” If all you mean is earlier of before, say that. Here’s an example of this misuse of prior. Two, actually: Using our system, we detect […]

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