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Sorry, Mike

For those of us who work in the journalism industry, the Associated Press Stylebook is a familiar tool of the trade. It is a handy resource that provides definitions and creates basic usage rules to ensure that terminology and style remains consistent from news organization to news organization. Once in...
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National Grammar Day? Who Knew?

If there were ever a day you would think I’d be celebrating full throttle, it would be National Grammar Day, which happens to be today, March 4th. Somehow, I’ve managed to completely miss the fact that such a day existed. In fact, over the years, I have become more and...
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Myself Misery

If there’s one thing Larry the Cable Guy isn’t likely to be accused of being, it’s a grammar guru. In a recent edition of Walter Scott’s “Personality Parade” which appears each week in Parade magazine, someone asked what type of pickup truck Larry, otherwise known as Daniel Whitney, drives. Why...
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It’s Official: Question Answered

There’s now official word, finally, on the biggest question of the new year: whether 2010 should be pronounced as “two-thousand ten” or “twenty-ten.” The answer comes from an organization I’d never heard of: the National Association of Good Grammar. I’m happy — and quite surprised — to know that there is such...
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The Decade Definition

My friend Rick has a major pet peeve that’s only making him madder in this final week of 2009:  everyone’s continued misuse of the term decade, as in “the top _______ of the decade.” As Rick correctly points out, the end of 2009 is not the end of this decade: next...
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The Biggest Question of the New Year

Though I’ve heard a few people refer to the year 2009 as “twenty-oh-nine,” I don’t know anyone personally who’s ever said that. Every verbal mention I’ve ever heard of this year has been “two-thousand-nine” or the technically-inaccurate “two-thousand and nine,” which in mathematics could be construed as 2000.9. (Another reason why...
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Maybe They Sought Grammar Guidance?

I was just browsing some web stats for my website, and I find that the keyword search ranking #9 on my site at the moment is for the phrase “sufficive to say.” This makes the grammarian in me quite pleased, because anyone who does a keyword search for this phrase...
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Now That It’s November…

The nicest part about November 1st is that it means that for the most part, it’ll be another year before I have to battle with the word Halloween again. For some reason, I almost always misspell it as Hallowwen, then I get the little red dotted line from the spell-checker,...
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