House style, apostrophes, and why you can’t win

It’s a very tricky thing trying to position yourself as a 'writing expert'. You open yourself up to internet excoriation. Invariably, there will be errors that slip into some things (most things?) that you write, and other writing geeks will be keen to take aim at any error, perceived or actual. Grammar Girl, in her [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:55+10:00March 14th, 2015|Grammar|5 Comments

Sentences that can’t be passive voice

There are certain sentences that simply cannot be rephrased in passive voice. Again, I'm not talking about a vibe... It's a grammatical thing. Consider this: Active: He is going to become an editor. Try and make that passive... An editor is going to be become by him? The thing is, the subject and the object [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:55+10:00March 8th, 2015|Did you know, Grammar|0 Comments

Word of the Day: Hypercorrection

Definition: Misusing grammatical rules by overthinking how they should be applied or applying them in the wrong context At some point, we might have been told that it is better manners to say 'yourself', instead of 'you'. Or 'you and I' instead of 'you and me'. But if your teacher were to tell you that 'Fred [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:56+10:00March 3rd, 2015|Grammar, WOTD|0 Comments

Hypercorrection: Me, myself and I

Today, an email passed in front of my eyes. It was sent by an Important Person to the whole of a large organisation. The tone was conversational, but with an air of gravitas. Please be aware that myself, Person X and Person Y have moved offices to... I'm sure you've seen this kind of thing [...]

By |2016-12-14T16:11:37+10:00March 3rd, 2015|Did you know, Grammar|0 Comments

Apostrophes, and how not to use them

Apostrophes: The punctuation mark most likely to freak out the grammatically obsessive compulsive. Some of us have learned to block out excessive exclamation marks, deal with over-earnest ellipses… come to terms with Tenuous Title Case, and cope with careless comma splices, but when someone uses an apostrophe to indicate a plural, we may twitch a [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:56+10:00March 1st, 2015|Did you know, Grammar, Punctuation|0 Comments

Muphry’s Law

Muphry’s law: In the course of correcting someone else’s English, you will make a mistake yourself. A fitting first post for a blog about writing and grammar…

By |2017-05-19T08:20:57+10:00February 23rd, 2015|Grammar|0 Comments