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Comma Rules

December 12, 2014


Comma Illustration_Laconic Gesture

September 13, 2014

GLW Featured in New Film about Grammar

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Word to the Nerd

August 12, 2014

Meryl Streep Grammar

Today is National Grammar Day!     Try the quiz:

March 4, 2014

Would/Could/Should Of Have

7 Grammar Pet Peeves

August 20, 2013

July 1, 2013

It’s the birthday of American grammarian William Strunk Jr. (1869), born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an English teacher at Cornell for 46 years, and edited works of Shakespeare and James Fenimore Cooper. In 1918, he self-published a little book for the use of his students, called The Elements of Style. It was a 45-page volume intended, according to Strunk’s introduction, “to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention … on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.” He revised it in 1935; and in the late 1950s, one of his former students, the writer and New Yorker editor E.B. White (Winnie the Pooh), revised and reissued the 1935 edition. It’s now colloquially known as “Strunk and White.”

The Elements of Style is full of helpful advice to aspiring writers and students everywhere. In it, one may find such wisdom as, “Instead of announcing what you are about to tell is interesting, make it so,” and “Never call a stomach a tummy without good reason.”

American author Dorothy Parker once wrote: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do for them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” (The Writer’s Almanac)

Excerpts from Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (1918):

“The mind travels faster than the pen; consequently, writing becomes a question of learning to make occasional wing shots, bringing down the bird of thought as it flashes by. A writer is a gunner, sometimes waiting in the blind for something to come in, sometimes roaming the countryside hoping to scare something up.”
“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

Semicolon Seminar

March 24, 2013


Are you semi-curious? Some of us have been flirting with semicolons for some time, but are perhaps not entirely sure if we’ve been utilizing them to their fullest. They somehow make for separating that which is still connected a voluptuous pursuit.

We shall be breaking semicolons into 5 parts over the coming week; you can expect to find follow-up installments here, at the big buffalo. They are excerpts from diva grammarian, Karen Elizabeth Gordon’s book, The New Well-Tempered Sentence. (Mariner Books. 2003.)

The Semicolon 1

The Semicolon 2

The Semicolon 3

The Semicolon 4

The Semicolon 5

Good Loving Grammar:

That and Which

“These two words are often used interchangeably, even though they’re not necessarily interchangeable.”  Melissa Donovan. Writing Forward. 2012.

Do Tell

Remember: I Needed That and Which?

March 22, 2013 2 Comments

Sexy Chic: Viva(cious)! Sentence Diagramming

February 8, 2013

Diagramming Adjective ClausesIrresistible? Try these:

Rex Barks by Phyllis Davenport

Grammar Revolution

Sengram app by Soferio

Masterful, must-have tool in photo is the Pentel Twist-Erase III (made in Japan, hi-polymer lead, large barrel, latex-free grip, and extra long eraser that won’t smudge, dry out, or break). Searching for the ultimate automatic pencil? Look no further.