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Things That Drive Me Nuts…Common Grammar and Spelling Mistakes

I grew up with The Comma Queen.  Grammar mistakes were often met with glib sayings that have stayed with me, (and end up uttered whenever faced with a opportunity similar situation) apparently, for life.  Did things like this ever happen to you?

Examples

Question: Where is the insert whatever you’re trying to find here at?
Answer: Somewhere before the “at”.

Question: Are you done yet?
Answer: I am not a turkey.  I will be finished in a moment.

This upbringing contributed to a healthy dislike of the misuse of the English language.  Not saying I’m never…as correct as I possibly could have been.  I have to think really hard about the difference between “lay” and “lie”, “who” and “whom”, and “affect” and “effect.”  Thank goodness for Mental Floss.  John Green talks about common grammar and spelling mistakes in this video.

This is my contribution to making social media a little less annoying.  Hopefully, yours too.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

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Look What I Found, Advice from Two of My Favorite Writers

Don’t Run From Who You Are: Writing Advice From George Saunders & Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed posted a link to this on her Facebook page today, and the post is great. The writing advice is better. There are no words to tell you how much I would loooooovvvvve to go to a talk, workshop, signing…whatever with these two writers.  There are a couple of collections below that I highly recommend.

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Who do you admire?

‘Til Next Time,
Jessica