The Oxford (Serial) Comma

by • January 31, 2013

Serial Comma (Within List Of Similar Elements) When creating a list or series of multiple things which are similar, commas should be used to separate each item in the list. N.B. American English requires the use of a comma before the last and in a list; British English does not. Be sure to follow local protocol, particularly in formal writing. Teenagers are often anxious to grow up, get a job, and move out of their parents’ house. If you look carefully, there are three things teenagers want to do: 1) grow up, 2) get a job,… MORE →

Palindromes

by • January 29, 2013

palindrome -n. A word, phrase, number or any other sequence of units which has the property of reading the same forwards as it does backwards, character for character, sometimes disregarding punctuation, capitalization and diacritics.Level, madam and racecar are examples of single word palindromes. A poetic form in which the sequence of words reads the same in either direction. _______________________________________________ Grammarly will be doing a number of palindromes posters. Share your favorite palindromes to have them turned into posters!

Bear vs. Bare

by • January 28, 2013

Bear and bare are homophones—words that sound alike but have different meanings. bear -v. 1. To carry something. 2. To be equipped with something. the right to bear arms ________________________________________________ bear -n. 1. A large omnivorous mammal, related to the dog and raccoon, having shaggy hair, a very small tail, and flat feet; a member of family Ursidae, particularly of subfamily Ursinae (informal) An animal that resembles a bear, such as a koala or ant bear. (Visit Grammarly Words for a more complete definition.) __________________________________________________ bare -adj. Minimal; that is or are just sufficient…. MORE →

Grammar Revolution

by • January 27, 2013

Grammar Revolution is a documentary Kickstarter project by David and Elizabeth O’Brien, aimed at changing the way people think about grammar. From the Kickstarter page: Dear Backers, $22,000 is the minimum we need to finish the Grammar Revolution documentary. This fundraising campaign is all or nothing. We have to meet our goal of $22,000 by February 7. Your credit card will only be charged if we reach our goal. We’ve already filmed many amazing interviews, but we need your help if we are going to finish filming and do all the work needed to produce,… MORE →

Cold Weather Idioms and Phrases

by • January 25, 2013

With the frigid weather that swept the USA this week, many of us have been “freezing our butts off” (a frequently used, colloquial phrase in English that implies weather so cold that our buns turn to ice!). Some other cold weather phrases are:  To come in from the cold (bring in from the cold): to be welcome in or become part of a group, particularly if you are new or alone. Susan brought me in from the cold when she offered for me to join the team. To leave someone out… MORE →