Just How Important Is Grammar?

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I honestly didn’t think that I would be asking this question today, but an article published by The Wall Street Journal caught me off guard. Titled “This Embarrasses You and I“, the article highlights the degradation of grammar in the workplace, leading to supposedly disastrous results. You all probably know by now that I am […]

Non-Errors in the English Language (Part 2)

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If your high school English teach was anything like my teacher, she/he probably always emphasized the “rule” about NOT using conjunctions to begin your sentence.  “You must never begin a sentence with a conjunction” is the mantra of many an English teacher.  Just because “everyone” says it is a rule does not necessarily mean it […]

Non-Errors in the English Language (Part 1)

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There is no denying that we all have our pet peeves when it comes to the English language. There are certain words, phrases, and usages that we simply cannot stand. Sometimes, these pet peeves are valid – when the “mistakes” are really incorrect. There are many instances, however, when certain usages may actually be correct, […]

How Consistent Are You?

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Running is the thing right now.  Everywhere I look, it seems that people are talking about running.  My Twitter timeline is flooded with people’s tweets about 5k, 10k, and LSD! (Apparently, that means long slow distance and not what I initially thought.)  On Facebook, I see wall posts about runs left and right.  It’s the […]

What’s Missing?

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In oral communication, it is quite normal to speak in fragments.  This is especially true for informal conversations.  While I have nothing against that, it is another matter altogether when it comes to formal speech and writing.  Actually, even if you’re writing informally for your blog or web site, sentence fragments should be a no […]