Category: "I Have No Idea"

Apr/01
2017

NOTE: This is NOT an April 1st joke. The conent in here is real. Or is it? It is. I'm just joking. Or am I? I mean, I could be? But I'm not. But if I were, that's just what I'd want you think. So yeah. Sure, go ahead. Whatever. See if I care. (spoiler alrert, I don't)

Preface:

  1. It's been a while. I know, it happens. That's just me. Accept it or move on.
  2. I'm still only focusing on things that make me happy. Maybe that's why it's been a while since my last post...
  3. One thing that makes me happy is debating.
  4. One of my favorite debate topics is grammar. Probably because it has sort of rules -ish most of the time and things change.

With that out of the way, my favorite grammar topics to discuss:

  • What I dub "Marvin's grammar postulate the first." This states that any medium discussing grammar (print, speech, posting) will have a grammar error in it. So yes, if you find one in this post, I'm right. Just saying.
  • Unusual plurals. Probably due to adoption from romantic languages, some plurals are surprising and fun. Examples include courts martial, sums total, battles royal, sleights of hand, and, of course my personal favorite, culs de sac. (And as I recently commented to a news source I read regularrly who fixed their story, attorneys general.) Believe it or not, these are all the correct plural form of these words. More examples here.
  • One space, two space, which space or em oh my. Back in the day of typewriters, you had to put two spaces between sentences for them to be readable. Now, typefaces provide for this so only one space is necessary. But some people were "taught" that you always put two, even though the reason for it is rubbish. I include this example mainly because it's a perfect example that just because you've been "doing it that way" for "a long time" and have been writing for longer doesn't mean your way is correct. In this case, you're basing your actions on outdated problems that are no longer relevant. In fact, almost two years ago now this was pointed out to me and I have changed to the correct one space rule. Just saying. It's ok to be wrong but change you should.
  • Aha, can't forget irregardless. It's a word, look it up people. (In all fairness, you should use regardless instead. This doesn't make it not a word though.)
  • Last but not least, the infamous Oxford Comma. Along the same lines of the number of spaces debate (and kind of the same as ending a sentence with a preposition and using passive voice which I omitted because this was already too long), this convention is taught as "optional." I can say this because I know someone who was taught that. Some, including myself, argue that it is NOT optional. Point and case, literally. It's not the first and certainly won't be the last very costly missing comma... Just do it people.

Finally, I'll leave you with this, my absolute favorite case for why the oxford comma is necessary.

sexy jfk

 

And another for good measure.

not so sexy abe

 

- M

Sep/21
2010

test this as well

Is it friday yet?

Oh who could tell. Not me anyways.,