I will not stop using periods.

PeriodApparently, some people interpret the period to be an indication of aggression, at least when texting. Ben Crair, writing in the New Republic, explains that many people are omitting periods in everyday text messages. Consequently, they assume the inclusion of a period means trouble. To those people I say, Bollocks! A period means the end of a complete thought–aggressive, pleasant, or otherwise. If I’m angry, I’ll tell you, like this: your omitting periods really ticks me off.

Grammar Man Attempts to Rescue Stephen Colbert

If even literary masters need their grammar corrected sometimes, we should not be surprised when other great thinkers also need an editor. Stephen Colbert is among the greatest thinkers of the early 21st century, but even a man as brilliant as he occasionally commits a grammatical indiscretion. Fortunately, Grammar Man is a member of Colbert Nation, and I recently sent Dr. Colbert a message to inform him of his mishap. I have not yet received a response, but I am sure he is just nervous about writing a thank you letter. Below is the text of the message I sent.  Continue reading “Grammar Man Attempts to Rescue Stephen Colbert”

50 Americanisms: Grammar Man Responds to the BBC

Oftentimes the British come across as a passive-aggressive older sibling envious of the younger sibling’s success.

On July 13th (or 13 July, for you Brits), Matthew Engel published an article in the BBC News Magazine, in which he denounced the preponderance of “Americanisms” in British speech. Six days later the BBC published a list of the fifty most noted (and often disparaged) “Americanisms” emailed by readers. Most of the protests, I quickly realized, amount to nothing more than the unfounded grumblings of British soreheads.  Continue reading “50 Americanisms: Grammar Man Responds to the BBC”

Grammar Man to the Rescue: Correcting Charles Dickens

Sometimes even literary masters need their grammar corrected. Other times their museum curators do. The title of this post is somewhat misleading, for it was not Dickens himself who needed to be corrected but the curators of his museum.

Last month my spouse (Tracy) and I went on vacation, or holiday, to the UK. We met my good friend Tyler and his significant other, Carolina, who was residing in London at the time. On a typically gray London afternoon, the four of us sauntered over to the Charles Dickens Museum.  Continue reading “Grammar Man to the Rescue: Correcting Charles Dickens”

Grammar Man Answers: “Irregardless”

Regardless of what you may have read elsewhere, here’s a commandment to write by: Thou shalt not use the word “irregardless.”

This is a simple lesson. An analogy to basic mathematics will help illustrate. Recall, from grade school, that a negative multiplied by a negative equals a positive. The same is true for language.  Continue reading “Grammar Man Answers: “Irregardless””