Beta readers ~ be careful what you ask for!

Some of you might know that I write commercial fiction under a pseudonym. As a grammar snob, I pride myself on generally clean manuscripts. Not that I don’t need editing — believe me, I do — but the edits usually aren’t for grammar or punctuation, at least not on a large scale. So when I Read more about Beta readers ~ be careful what you ask for![…]

Help! I’ve misplaced my modifier and I don’t know what to do!

My target for this week’s rant is the misplaced modifier and its close cousin, the dangling participle. I can think of no other grammar no-no that can create as much confusion as these woefully common (and often hilarious) errors. Why? Because they cause a reader to stop mid-sentence and force the reader to reconstruct the Read more about Help! I’ve misplaced my modifier and I don’t know what to do![…]

Spelling schmelling?

I’ve been ranting this past month or so about how important it is for professional communicators to use proper language and grammar, and how vital it is for story-tellers especially to be wary of falling into the trap of pop culture fads in our written language. Why? Because anything that forces the reader to do Read more about Spelling schmelling?[…]

Typo-rage: Get a grip, people! It’s a typo!

If there’s one thing that gets grammar snobs going, aside from serial commas and apostrophe abuse, it’s sloppy proofreading or errors, especially in publications that are supposed to have been professionally copy edited. When I see a typo, though, unless the piece is riddled with errors, I try to give the author the benefit of Read more about Typo-rage: Get a grip, people! It’s a typo![…]

Apostrophe Abuse: It … must … stop!

This week we’re talking about the much-maligned apostrophe, a mark of punctuation that has been incorrectly used by so many in American pop culture over the past few years (maybe even the past decade) that even I have been known to fall victim to popular but incorrect usage from time to time. (And believe me, Read more about Apostrophe Abuse: It … must … stop![…]

We nearly came to blows…over a comma?

My son and I had it out the other day. I don’t remember which of us began yelling first, but what started as an innocent conversation took less than a minute to escalate to an all-out screaming match. If our neighbors were unlucky enough to hear us, they probably guessed we were arguing about money, Read more about We nearly came to blows…over a comma?[…]

Adverbs, adjectives and other scary-sounding terms

Welcome back to “Grammar Snob Monday,” my nod to my inner (oh, okay, my outer) grammar geek. After reading last week’s post, one of my closest friends commented that her biggest peeve is when people of language authority (mainly television journalists and other screen media types) succumb to the larger society’s grammar lapses. Her example:  Read more about Adverbs, adjectives and other scary-sounding terms[…]

Grammar Snobs are People Too

Jeff Deck is my hero. In case you don’t know who he is, he wrote a book called “The Great Typo Hunt, Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time.” As you might imagine, the book chronicles a cross-continent journey Deck and his friend took to locate and eradicate public examples of those Read more about Grammar Snobs are People Too[…]