Daily Writing Tips
  • Who Determines Language Standards? Yesterday
    My recent post about declining writing standards garnered some thoughtful comments from site visitors, but as I read them I realized that the post had not addressed one cogent point: As one reader put it, “Who or what determines if a standard is indeed prevailing, or is on the way out?” In the sciences and […]Click here to get access to 800+ interactive grammar exercises! Publish your book with our partner InstantPublisher.com! Professionally printed in as few as 7 days. Original post: Who Determines Language Standards...
  • 3 More Types of “Not Only . . . but Also” Errors Sunday
    Errors of faulty parallelism in sentences in which “not only” and “but also” help delineate complementary phrases come in three general categories, as shown, explained, and corrected below. 1. This problem not only relates to accessibility but also to completeness, accuracy, and validity of the data. In a simple sentence employing “not only” and “but […]Click here to get access to 800+ interactive grammar exercises! Publish your book with our partner InstantPublisher.com! Professionally printed in as few as 7 days. Original post: 3 More Types of “Not Only . . . but Also” Error...
  • The ‘Cross” Family of Words Nov 16, 2017
    Cross, a word with a great variety of meanings, is also at the head of an extensive family of words, some of which are listed and defined in this post. Cross made its way into English circuitously from the Latin word crux, with stops in Old Irish and Old Norse. It originally referred to a […]Click here to get access to 800+ interactive grammar exercises! Publish your book with our partner InstantPublisher.com! Professionally printed in as few as 7 days. Original post: The ‘Cross” Family of Word...
  • Punctuation Quiz #23: Hyphenation Nov 15, 2017
    Choose the sentence in which the compounds are hyphenated correctly.Click here to get access to 800+ interactive grammar exercises! Publish your book with our partner InstantPublisher.com! Professionally printed in as few as 7 days. Original post: Punctuation Quiz #23: Hyphenatio...
  • 50 Synonyms for “Song” Nov 14, 2017
    Numerous words that describe various types of musical composition are listed and defined below. (Note that in the definitions below, popular denotes not a musical form that is widely enjoyed, but a song of a type traditionally derived from common people and folk traditions rather than from professional composers. Forms of the word accompany refer […]Click here to get access to 800+ interactive grammar exercises! Publish your book with our partner InstantPublisher.com! Professionally printed in as few as 7 days. Original post: 50 Synonyms for “Song&rdquo...


Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • 595 - 'Side' Words. What Is a Bailiwick? Nov 16, 2017
    While you're planning your Thanksgiving side dishes, enjoy a segment about English "side" words. Plus, what is a bailiwick? FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: ...
  • 594 - The Plural of 'Batman.' Why Smart People Struggle with Shakespeare Too. Nov 9, 2017
    I debate what the plural of "Batman" should be (it's not straightforward!) and explore why the language of Shakespeare is hard to understand, even if you're smart. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http...
  • 593 - The Origin of English: Proto-Indo-European. Nov 2, 2017
    We explore the origin of English (and other languages) all the way back to the language known as Proto-Indo-European. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl Facebook: http://facebook.com/grammargirl Pinterest: http:/...
  • 592 - "Sofa" or "Couch"? "Skeleton" Idioms. Oct 26, 2017
    This week, we talk about the difference between "sofa," "couch," and all the other words for that piece of furniture. Plus, to get in the mood for Halloween, we explore four idioms about skeletons. SPONSOR http://topcashback.com/grammar FOL...
  • 591 - "Cannot" or "Can Not"? "Dead" Idioms. Oct 19, 2017
    This week, we talk about the difference between "cannot," "can not," "can't," and (horrors!) "cant." Plus, in honor of Halloween, we reveal the origin of three idioms about death. FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: http://twitter.com/grammargirl ...