Nashenal Grammer Deigh

I’m two days late with this post, but you know what they say about better late…

March 4 was National Grammar Day, which was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic].

This year, National Grammar Day is hosted by Mignon Fogarty, the author of the New York Times best-selling book Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional.

In honor of such an important day, I thought I would share Grammar Girl’s top 10 grammar myths:

  1. A run-on sentence is a really long sentence.
  2. You shouldn’t start a sentence with the word “however.”
  3. “Irregardless” is not a word.
  4. There is only one way to write the possessive form of a word that ends in “s.”
  5. Passive voice is always wrong.
  6. “I.e.” and “e.g.” mean the same thing.
  7. You use “a” before words that start with consonants and “an” before words that start with vowels.
  8. It’s incorrect to answer the question “How are you?” with the statement “I’m good.”
  9. You shouldn’t split infinitives.
  10. You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition.

And if you would like to read more detail on why these are considered myths, here is the link.

May all of your holidays be as exciting as National Grammar Day!


2 thoughts on “Nashenal Grammer Deigh

  1. I’m too old to change my ways with starting sentences with “However,” And I’m also too old to commence beginning that phrase with a semicolon —

    However, I don’t like calling most of the above “myths.” If I’m an assigned grader or article referee I will probably red-line the above “myths.”

    And I always liked “alright” being counted as a spelling error, but that seems to no longer be the case.

    In my opinion the most dangerous words in writing are “always” and “proof or proved.” (mathematicians excepted)

    But since I don’t “proof” read a lot of my Web postings I do make a lot of “phonix” errors like “to instead of too” and “your instead of you’re” or using “its” as a verb. It’s sad when old guys write that way on the fly when they know better.


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