Tag Archives: grammar

Using parentheses, commas or dashes to set off an aside

Punctuation has a purpose. When you want to add information in the middle of a sentence that doesn’t quite fit the flow but is essential, the punctuation you employ to set it off signals different levels of emphasis for the reader. … Continue reading

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Word of the day – Uninterested and disinterested

If I’m uninterested, I really don’t give a rat about the subject. If I’m disinterested, I don’t have a dog in that fight, but I might find it interesting. If you don’t care to watch the Super Bowl regardless of who … Continue reading

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Word of the day – nausea, nauseous, nauseated

“Sex and death are two things that come but once in my lifetime, but at least after death you’re not nauseous.”— Woody Allen, Sleeper, 1973. Woody is a talented filmmaker and a funny fellow, but he’s wrong about nauseous. Playing … Continue reading

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Apostrophe now – What’s missing or what’s owned?

At a Phoenix Suns games some years ago, I found myself in front of a sign reading “Visitor’s locker room.” This is going to be a cake game, I thought. The Suns are playing against only one guy,  and that’s … Continue reading

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Word of the day – There’s no their there

ASU begins their season . . . . Today we’re going to tackle what probably is the most frequently broken grammar rule in America: the singular noun followed by the plural possessive pronoun. You see this everywhere, and broadcasters are … Continue reading

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Word of the day – Incredible and incredulous

“That’s incredible” was a cheesy ‘80s TV show that demonstrated (as if it needed demonstrating) what stupid things people would do to get attention, like juggling things that can kill you. When you see someone land a plane on a … Continue reading

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Misused idiom or word of the day – weigh and way

Here’s an odd usage error I had never considered before — thanks to AZCentral’s story about fast food employees signing up for public aid programs: “Chucri said fast-food restaurants often attract young, low-skilled workers who are students and use the work … Continue reading

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