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Awesome Content Idea: The Report-a-Typo Tab

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Typos happen. Sometimes they’re dumb, a miss-stroke of the finger, and sometimes they’re downright blatant. You wonder how anyone could have made such a glaring error. I make them too. Sure they’re mindless and embarrassing, us writers are supposed to have our crap together, after all. That’s what we get paid to do. But the thing about editing your own work is that your brain eliminates typos. You know what you meant so you skim over what’s missing or what’s wrong without even realizing everything is not as it should be. It’s also how I talk.

Then, once these typos are posted, emails start pouring in (or texts or comments or phone calls), letting you know what error was made...

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How Do You Pluralize That Last Name? A Step-by-Step Guide

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tiny tim muppets unnecessary apostrophesDo you struggle with the apostrophe? That little floating piece of punctuation that is so pointedly used? With its many uses and even more rules, it’s hard to know where to put it, when to put it, and if it should be even used at all. Oftentimes, it’s placed at random, and is perhaps the most misused piece of punctuation in the English language. Especially in scenarios that rarely arise … after elementary school. Such as pluralizing one’s last name. Or even more difficult, someone else’s last name.

As a writer who has seen hundreds of grammatically incorrect nameplates (I’m looking at you, limestone carving companies), I decided it’s high time we have a guide. A go-to document that outlines how to pluralize last names, and why...

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Is Grammar Dead?

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Between changes in educational laws, curriculum, technology, and coursework, it can be argued that grammar is becoming less and less important. Or rather, less taught. Between all the standardized tests that must bet met and growing sources of electronics, teachers (and their students) have little time to think about whether or not the Oxford is the only comma. After all, there are grants at stake and texts to be sent. Who has time to consider spelling and sentence structure when school years are lengthened along with requirements?

Somewhere in the past few years, English courses took a strict turn, where aspects such as cursive writing, sentence structure, and grammar saw a great trim down within public schools. Other aspects, such as texting – which is often done with improper spelling and numbers – auto-correct, and spell check also take away from proper English.

As for public signs, menus, and social media – it’s as though grammar never even existed. Apostrophes have gotten a serious promotion – they’re used twice as often as they should be, as are quotation marks, double and single, and ellipses – synonyms are often confused, and does no one read their posts out loud? It’s enough to make grammar enthusiasts scream.

It’s even been suggested that certain grammar rules should be ignored altogether. By everyone except the Brits.

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Grammar Matters: Why A Single Space is the Only Space

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grammar matters urkelOne space or two? One space or two? This is a question many writers go through within their career. To do as you’ve always done, and include two spaces after each sentence-finalizing punctuation (a teaching practice that baffles me to this day), or join the modern world and stick to one single space – which is the answer? But more importantly comes the decision to be right, or to purposefully be wrong (the second space).

When I first read this article – a groundbreaking blog on the sheer foolishness of two spaces – I too was a guilty party. In fact, I was somewhat angry Farhad, the writer, was so bluntly rude about it. But the more I wrote, the more one space made sense (and the more people I saw doing it)...

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Where’s the Space?

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teaching keyboardAn ongoing company trend – one that I despise – is a lack of space. Instead of, like the English language taught us to, putting a blank space between each word, companies opt to shove them all together, likethis. Whether it’s the hashtag that’s pushing this trend or some other unknown cause, it’s one putting copy editors and Word spellchecks on high alert.

Well-known culprits:

  • FedEx
  • TechCrunch
  • FeedBurner
  • SocialText
  • YouTube
  • TechMeme
  • LinkedIn
  • MySpace
  • SimplyHired
  • StumbleUpon

and the list goes on.

So what is it about this lack of space that calls in web entrepreneurs? Is it the designers pushing for this conglomeration of words? Or just the fact that everyone else is doing it? It’s not like the Internet is running out of room.

But whatever the draw, it could actually work against...

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