M.Leddy + grammar   125

Shirley’s whom
Shirley Temple: “You saw who — I mean, whom ?”
grammar  usage 
6 days ago by M.Leddy
Is guys a pronoun?
I am puzzled as to why anyone would consider guys a pronoun.
grammar 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
The war on spelling
Bryan Garner and others offer their thoughts about the war on spelling.
grammar  misspelling  spelling  usage 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Masonic grammar
From a Perry Mason episode: “I didn’t know whom to believe!”
grammar  PerryMason 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Come to the Sunshine (and pronouns)
A couple of instances of remarkably proper pronoun use from a great radio show and podcast: “You Are She,” by Chad & Jeremy, and “Mister, You’re a Better Man Than I,” by the New Colony Six.
grammar  music 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
A review of Dreyer’s English
Dreyer’s English is a disappointing and not especially useful book. Its design finally became clear to me when I hit the chapter “Notes on Proper Nouns,” devoted to the proper spelling of several dozen proper nouns — “the germ of the book,” as Dreyer, copy chief at Random House, calls it. Dreyer’s English is something of a chatty in-house style guide.
grammar  usage 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Mooch, hypercorrecting
Mooch’s gotcha “Ha!” and smug look in the third panel tell me that Patrick McDonnell, the strip’s creator, understands the difference between “who” and “whom.”
comics  grammar 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Introvert sticklers
Psychology Today reports on a study suggesting that “introverts [are] more likely to be annoyed by typos and grammatical mistakes than extroverts.”
grammar  introversion  typos 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
“Dearest Liz”
A short film from Field Notes.
grammar  usage 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Passive tense? Gross!
Terry Gross interviewed Benjamin Dreyer on Fresh Air today. And she referred, consistently, to “the passive tense.”

There is, of course, no such thing. Dreyer consistently said “voice.” But he was too tactful to make a correction.
grammar  NPR 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Dreyer’s English
An Utterly Correct Guide: it’s as if matters of writing are turning into matters of etiquette: which fork — or word — to use.
grammar  usage  writing 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
In the early morning raid
I like seeing the Special Counsel’s indictment of Roger Stone point out miscreants’ sloppiness in texting.
grammar  misspelling  spelling  usage 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
A linguist looks at Trump’s tweets
The linguist John McWhorter looks at Donald Trump’s tweets and finds a “blindness to the basics of adult-level composition.”
grammar  misspelling  spelling  usage 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Grammar and Hardy
“If I didn’t know that Oliver was in Honolulu, I’d swear that was he on the phone.”
film  grammar 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
“How to use the passive voice”
Any teacher who has seen student-writers work to strip all sense of agency from their sentences (“It will be argued that,” “It is observed that”) understands the point of “Use the active voice.”
grammar  Strunk  usage  EBWhite 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Grammar Table
All over Manhattan, Ellen Jovin engages the public at her Grammar Table.
grammar 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Decorate, diagram
Does anyone still diagram sentences Reed-Kellogg style?
comics  grammar  Peanuts  sentences 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Balzac: courtesans and grammar
Thanks to Valérie Marneffe, Célestin Crevel never makes mistakes in grammar.
Balzac  grammar 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Down a garden path
“Father of off-duty cop busted for hiring hooker who stole his car and gun explodes after hearing the details.”
grammar  sentences 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Avenatti, sheesh
Michael Avenatti, on CNN just now: “The president and me have the ability to work with the media.”
grammar  sheesh 
august 2018 by M.Leddy
More negatives
“I can’t believe Michael would do this to me”? “I can’t believe Michael wouldn’t do this to me"?
grammar  politics 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Not unaware
About that alleged double negative earlier this week: I’m not unaware of it.
grammar  politics 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Double articles
As in “the El Phoenix Room.” Gone but not forgotten.
Boston  DavidFosterWallace  grammar 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Lucy’s whom
Lucy has asked Charlie Brown, “Which is correct, ‘Who are we kidding?’ or ‘Whom are we kidding?’”
comics  grammar  Peanuts  usage 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
NPR, sheesh
“When him and Kim Jong-un . . .”
grammar  NPR  sheesh 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Grammar in the writing center
To dismiss or defer a student’s questions about grammar is to do that student a disservice.
college  grammar  teaching  writing 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Oliver Kamm on The Elements of Style
Oliver Kamm, writing in The Sunday Times, exhorts his reader to “ditch the style guides and stop worrying about passives.” And he points to a usual suspect.
grammar  Strunk  EBWhite  usage 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Was or were ?
From the comic strip Dustin.
comics  grammar  usage 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
The imperfect present perfect
Rex Tillerson, as heard on NPR today: “This is a strategy that has and will require patience.”
grammar 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
At Wilfrid Laurier University, there’s now a fact-finding report and a university president’s statement.
culture  grammar  usage 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Pronouns and institutions
A deep experience of the Kafkaesque.
culture  grammar  usage 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
The NSA’s Grammar Geek
Advice columns on grammar and usage from the National Security Agency’s Grammar Geek(s).
grammar  usage 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Grammar and patriarchy
Carmel McCoubrey writes about nouns and gender and French.
grammar  language 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Doublet and hose and usage
More on the “Jane Austen” fallacy.
grammar  usage 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
A Garner quiz
Bryan Garner offers a quiz in minimalist editing.
BryanGarner  grammar  usage 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
“Grammar Nazi”
Funny and charming, even if what Reese Lansangan cares about is, for the most part, spelling and usage.
grammar  misspelling  spelling  usage 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Hortatory pavement
“Let’s Be Better Humans.”
grammar  life  signage 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
For the syntax-minded
“I just saw your dog pal Earl chasing a guy on a bike.”
comics  grammar 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
The “Jane Austen” fallacy
“The point here is that past usage does not justify modern practice.”
grammar  usage 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: Word by Word
Kory Stamper’s Word by Word does for lexicography what Mary Norris’s Between You & Me does for copyediting: it makes visible the work, the worker, and the workplace.
dictionary  grammar  usage  words 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Protasis trouble
Donald Trump apparently suffers from protasis trouble.
grammar  politics 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Bristol’s “grammar vigilante”
More accurately, a punctuation vigilante. Or perhaps more accurately still, a spelling vigilante.
grammar  punctuation  spelling 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
W(h)ither grammar
How many problems in reading stem from an ignorance of basic grammar? And how many problems in writing stem from an ignorance of basic grammar?
grammar  reading  teaching  writing 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
The Warfel Law of Divided Usage
“Whenever a variant is denounced as wrong by books or teachers, that ‘wrong’ usage will gain currency and will occur frequently in speech and writing.”
grammar  usage 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Not from The Onion
Sylvester Stallone and subject-verb disagreement.
culture  grammar  NewYorkTimes  politics 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Still at it
Removing “comprised of” from Wikipedia articles.
grammar  usage  Wikipedia 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
GMEU app
Garner’s Modern English Usage is now available as an iOS app, beautifully designed and exceedingly useful.
BryanGarner  grammar  iOS  usage 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Ambiguous drop
A New York Times headline: “Trump Drops Threat of New Investigations Into Clinton.”
grammar 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
PBS, sheesh
From tonight’s PBS NewsHour : “In this campaign, the topic of refugees from war-torn Syria have been a political flash point.”
grammar  news  PBS  sheesh  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Fritzi’s whom
Today’s yesterday’s Nancy teaches us that there is no conflict between good usage and good cartooning.
comics  grammar  Nancy  usage 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Domestic comedy
The passive-aggressive voice.
domesticcomedy  grammar 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Peanuts and “none”
“Gramma says that none of her other grandchildren has a blanket.”
comics  grammar  usage 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Everybody and his brother is or are
A reader (and writer) asked: “everybody and his brother is ,” or “everybody and his brother are ”?
grammar  usage 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
PBS, sheesh
From “me,” not “I.”
grammar  sheesh 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
NPR, sheesh
A glaring dangling modifier.
grammar  NPR  sheesh 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
NPR, sheesh
Pronouns, subjects, verbs.
grammar  NPR  sheesh 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
NPR, sheesh
Subject-verb disagreement at NPR.
grammar  NPR  sheesh 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Pocket notebook sighting, dig me?
In Ball of Fire (dir. Howard Hawks, 1941), a glorious piece of silliness.
film  grammar  notebooks  usage 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A 1795 source for the ill-considered prohibition on sentence-ending “it .”
grammar  usage  words 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
NPR watch
A subject-verb problem.
grammar  NPR 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
The criminal subjunctive
In The Lineup (dir. Don Siegel, 1958) two criminals discuss a point of grammar on their way to work.
film  grammar 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
None is, none are
Garner offers the clearest explanation I know of how to decide.
BryanGarner  grammar  usage 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
AP-Chicago feud
“At this time we have reason to believe the killings were gang-related and carried out by adherents of both the AP and Chicago styles, part of a vicious, bloody feud to establish control over the grammar and usage guidelines governing American English.”
grammar  humor  usage 
september 2015 by M.Leddy
Bryan Garner on “The fallacy of intelligibility”
A short piece about the idea that it doesn’t matter how you write it as long as they understand what you mean.
BryanGarner  grammar  usage  writing 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
NYT quizzes
Punctuation and verb tenses.
grammar  punctuation 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
Opt out is not a transitive verb
“She opted her third-grade son out of the tests.”
grammar  usage  words 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Simpsons grammar and usage
“Inflammable means flammable? What a country.”
grammar  Simpsons  usage 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
Review: Mary Norris, Between You & Me
Part memoir, part free-ranging meditation on matters of usage, this book draws on the entire person.
books  grammar  NewYorker  usage 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Acción Ortográfica Quito
Diéresis, Tilde, and Coma, correcting graffiti in Quito.
grammar  usage  words 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
More evidence that ending a sentence with “it” is acceptable.
grammar  words 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A grammar brawler sentenced.
grammar 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
New Yorker singular and plural forms
Four singular nouns, a plural appositive, and a singular pronoun.
grammar 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Hi and Lois watch
“Neither of our teams are playing.”
comics  grammar  Hi&Lois 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
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