Three Grammar Sites We Like (but apparently don’t learn from…)
I have long been the target of the grammar police and pedantic readers who take me to task for my use — or misuse — of the English language. Someone recently asked me, if English was my second language. Obviously not, I retorted, I’ve speaked English since I was bored, decades ago, right here in Ohio, USA.
Because of my literary nonchalance and sloppiness, you, my friends, are not required to use perfect grammar when submitting questions or comments to us. Believe it or not, we know of a site, run by someone who actually warns users, that if they submit questions or comments to him that contain grammatical errors, he will not reply (and this is 100% true… pomposity rears its ugly head). No wonder he never answers me!
I’m being verbose as I am often wont to do. But without such verbosity, this article would only be about seventy-five words long and thus, too short for my style. And we all know I have a lot of style, right, EB?
In the spirit of common decency and to save you time, I shall ramble no more.
Today, my grammar-o-phile friends, we feature three sites where you’re either going to spend hours looking for some minor grammatical slip-up, or you’re just going to take off your grammar police badge, sit back and relax and laugh. I prefer you do the latter, but as we all know by now, you don’t much care very much about what I prefer. I prefer that you don’t pick apart my grammatical guffaws and write me scathing emails or leave blistering comments… why not let a few of them slide. It’s not easy being me, I tells ya!
Without further rambling, yammering or other unnecessary discourse, I present, for your critical review and/or amusement the following to grammar-related blogs:
#1. Grammar Police a.k.a. GrammarCops
They don’t have a lot to say, considering their ilk. However, this is what they have to say about their blog entitled, “Grammar Police a.k.a. GrammarCops”
Grammar, language, and usage observations, ramblings, and questions by us and others
Don’t overlook the section links at the top of the page or you’ll miss out on:
GrammarGallows – Offenders
GrammarGroupies – Tweeple
Grammar Guard – Deputies
And more. I’m sure you’ll be interested in learning how we mortals – not you grammar cops – all make mistakes. For instance: How many of you say — “Daylight Savings Time”? Raise your hand. It figures you’d be one, EB. It’s not Daylight SavingS Time – it’s Daylight Saving Time. Now you know. And recently someone published an article saying it’s Daylight saving time. Apparently, the Grammar Police are so picky they even picky on themselves (yes I said picky twice. So?).
And as long as we’re learnin’ grammar…
#2. Grammar Clout
The Clout of the Comma. The comma does has a lot of clout, you know. Who can forget:
Let’s eat grandpa.
Let’s eat, grandpa.
“A woman, without her man, is nothing.”
Which EB corrected to read:
“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”
If you are an effete, snobby, intellectual grammar cop, you know all about that. Right? Commas count.
To see how much commas count, visit one of our junior sites of the week, a sibling to our site of the week, and a site we hope you all enjoy. You gotta love that sentence, grammar cops!
Commas have clout – come visit Comma Clout right now.
Let’s eat EB!
#3. Apostrophe Abuse
Nothing gets abused more than apostrophes, except me. And I don’t have a lot to say about apostrophes, and neither does the Apostrophe Abuse web site. They prefer graphics – more correctly – photographs of apostrophes being abused all over the world.
So, to make a short article even shorter, let’s skip the dialog and direct your attention to the little cartoon to the left.
Enough said. If you hate seeing apostrophes being abused or you’re looking for more ammo for your official grammar-police-issued gun so you can shoot poor knaves like me who don’t know grammar good, you’ll want to visit Apostrophe Abuse.
You’d think with all these grammatically correct websites and all this grammatically correct insight and influence, I’d do much better than I do. But alas, I’m an old dog and I admit it. And we all know that it’s hard for an old dog to learn new trick’s 🙂
And EB’s my part-time editor. And I do mean “part-time”… right, EB?