March 5, 2019
In the debate on whether or not the Oxford comma is necessary, I say it is. (And will cut you if you disagree. Ok, not really.)
So what is the fuss about? The Oxford comma is the comma used before the coordinating conjunction “and” or “or” in a list of three or more items. It is a stylistic serial comma.
In a 2017 class action lawsuit involving diary drivers, labor disputes, and the Oxford comma (see what I did there?), a Maine court recently ruled in favor of the comma. Read all about it at The Write Life blog. Yes, this happened a couple of years ago, but it illustrates the comma’s important.
May 2, 2017
I like snark. I’m a snarky person. People fear my snark. Naw, just kidding. They either roll their eyes, are clueless, or engage in a snark war.
So it’s no wonder that this week’s link is a bit on the snarky side. If you like snark, you might like The Oatmeal, too. It’s a silly site with comics that are fun, sometimes tasteless, and at weirdly educational.
Check out the link to the comics on grammar. You just might learn the difference between who and whom.
August 12, 2014
More video grammar fun, this time with Grammar Rumble 50s greaser-style.
May 20, 2014
Everyone, even the editor pros, need hep form time to time with grammar. Grammarly is an automated proofreader that, like your 5th grade English teacher, will check for grammatical mistakes. (But without the red pencil marking up your paper and the embarrassing grade.) The site will not only check for over 250 types of grammatical errors, it will also offer suggestions, enhance writing, and check against plagiarism. You can try it for free and see if it fits your needs. Pretty darn cool.
December 27, 2011
Need help with grammar? How about proper punctuation? Maybe you need help with dialogue, style, word choices, or any one of those pesky language rudiments that inevitably trip up even the most seasoned authors.
Look no further than Grammar Girl for “Quick and Dirty tips for better writing”.
This is one resource every writer needs to bookmark.