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A recent study claims that grammar errors online have risen by 148% between 2009 and today. But that claim is based on some shoddy research and shoddier statistics. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/03/05/no-online-grammar-errors-have-not-increased-by-148/
Yesterday a post appeared on QuickandDirtyTips.com (home of Grammar Girl's popular podcast) that appears to have been written or sponsored by a company called Knowingly, which is promoting its Corr...
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Celebrate ‪#‎GrammarDay‬ with $5 off all orders over $30 at the Arrant Pedantry Store! Use the code GOGREEN at checkout. http://arrantpedantry.spreadshirt.com/
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There's a new T-shirt design in the store, and I've moved a couple of old posts on editing from a now-defunct blog over to Arrant Pedantry. Take a look. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/02/17/new-shirts-new-old-posts/
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There's a story making the rounds about a man who has spent the last several years correcting the phrase "comprised of" in Wikipedia. (See here: https://medium.com/backchannel/meet-the-ultimate-wikignome-10508842caad.) Here's an old post of mine on the error and why it's probably not worth worrying about: http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2012/01/30/comprised-of-fail/
This man has been on a seven-year quest to fix exactly one grammatical error throughout all of Wikipedia
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Is "and/or" helpful, or is it just a confusing eyesore? I take a look at the problem on Visual Thesaurus. http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wc/clear-andor-unclear/
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus: Word Count - On the surface, and/or seems like a helpful but mostly harmless little phrase — a little ugly, perhaps, but still useful for those times when you want to be extra clear about what all the options are. Most people associate the phrase with legal writing, but it turns out that a surprising number of lawyers and judges hate it, claiming that it's actually unclear and thus impossible to interpret.
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Merry Christmas, Google+! I made you a post about an atrocious grammar quiz. It's okay if you open it early. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2014/12/24/another-day-another-worthless-grammar-quiz/
Yesterday I did something I regret: I clicked on and took one of those stupid quizzes that go around Facebook. It's called How good is your grammar? and I clicked on it not to find out how good my ...
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It's a little late, but here's my #GrammarDay post, on why descriptivists are liberals when it comes to usage: http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/03/04/why-descriptivsts-are-usage-liberals/ …
Outside of linguistics, the people who care most about language tend to be prescriptivists---editors, writers, English teachers, and so on---while linguists and lexicographers are descriptivists. "...
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Grammarly claims to be "the world's leading automated proofreader." In a new post, I show why their grammar and style advice is worthless. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/02/23/fifty-shades-of-bad-grammar-advice/
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Someone recently wrote to ask me why it's "woe is me" and not "woe am I" or something else. Here's the answer: http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/02/11/why-is-it-woe-is-me/
I recently received an email asking about the expression woe is me, namely what the plural would be and why it's not woe am I. Though the phrase may strike modern speakers as bizarre if not downrig...
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Editors should be aware of name spellings and preferences, but can someone insist that you use commas around "Jr." in their name even if your style says otherwise? +Grammar Girl takes a look at the question and is persuaded by an old blog post of mine. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/do-you-need-comma-jr
A grammar expert tackles this question: When referring to holidays and namesakes, do you need a comma before "junior"?
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Attention, editors! Get a great deal on a subscription to Copyediting newsletter when you use the code COPY at checkout. It's full of great information on style and usage, advice on getting your freelance business going, tech tips, and, of course, my column on grammar. Check it out! http://www.copyediting.com/extended-winter-special-get-your-subscriptions-and-audio-conferences-now …
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If you're looking for a book that explains the whys and hows of good writing in depth, I highly recommend Steven Pinker's new book The Sense of Style. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2014/11/20/book-review-the-sense-of-style/
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