I like to think I’m a pretty good writer, but I have my idiosyncrasies. I begin too many sentences with conjunctions, I overuse parentheses and commas, and I probably misuse semicolons, em-dashes and ellipses. I blame my piss-poor capitalization on my years in the U.S. Navy.
If you look at any of the myriad of grammar sites around the web, there are a hell of a lot of rules. In the first grammar post I started (but never finished), I used the term “bad grammar.” Was that the correct term? I researched and discovered there are thousands of pages of discussion and disagreement, with an equal number of self-proclaimed grammar experts. (I’m not talking about English teachers. I mean folks like me.)
Some grammar rules are very complex. Even as a fairly educated person with a reasonable grasp of the English language, I have difficulty understanding them—let alone using them. Since the rules are so many and varied, let’s start at the macro level. Here are:
Seven Grammar Sites Worthy of Further Investigation
(with snarky commentary)
[Caveat: Some of these websites may not be completely accurate. In the past, I’ve found grammar articles with poor—or bad—grammar.]
[Caveat #2: There are punctuation and capitalization rules for lists, many (all?) of which I may not have followed.]
- Grammar rules everyone should follow. Why doesn’t every word in the title begin with a capital letter? Is this a new rule? Like Pluto no longer being a planet?
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to. Ditto above. Not to mention starting with “7” vs. “Seven.” (It is ok to end with a preposition.)
- Grammarbook.com. Hey! There’s even a caveat stating grammar rules vary! 😀
- Grammarly Handbook. Even though “grammarly” isn’t a real word. But Grammarly is a great website.
- 2o Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes. Hmm, should the word “that” be capitalized? Or even used?
- Grammar at the Purdue Online Writing Guide (OWL). Go Big Ten! (Even though it now consists of 12 teams. My father would be turning in his grave if he hadn’t been cremated.)
- Top Ten Grammar Myths. At least here “ten” means 10. 😉
Have at it, grammarphiles! Depending on the direction this blog goes, we may delve further into the nuances of the English language. I might learn something along the way, which always makes for a good day.