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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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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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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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Did the Celtic languages influence English syntax? I take a crack at the question in a new marathon post. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2014/12/01/celtic-and-the-history-of-the-english-language/
A little while ago a link to this list of 23 maps and charts on language went around on Twitter. It's full of interesting stuff on linguistic diversity and the genetic relationships among languages...
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I've been interviewed by the good folks at +Grammarist. Check it out: http://grammarist.com/interviews/interview-with-jonathon-owen
Grammarist is happy to introduce Jonathon Owen, editor, layout artist, T-shirt man and writer of the very popular blog, Arrant Pedantry. Please introduce yourself and provide some background inform...
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It's sale time again! Get 15% off all t-shirts through September 2 with the coupon code SHIRTS15. http://arrantpedantry.spreadshirt.com/ 
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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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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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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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Is the Oxford comma ungrammatical? I take a look at some of the arguments against its use. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2014/09/08/is-the-oxford-comma-ungrammatical
Few language issues inspire as much fervent debate as the question of whether you need a comma before the last item in a series, also known as the Oxford, Harvard, or serial comma. This is the comm...
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