English major, Rant, Words, Writing

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?

As an English major, I can honestly say that I give far too many fucks about grammar. The fastest way to screw up my day is to suddenly confront me with a misused "your," a misplaced apostrophe or, god forbid, a fucking comma splice. As that last sentence demonstrates, however, I do not give a single… Continue reading Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?

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Words

Vocabulary Lessons from Spam Comments

Writing posts in advance--it is a thing I am usually good at, but which I have utterly failed at this week. Lucky for me, when you're pressed for time and need to write something, there's always the handy contraption of spam comments to inspire and encourage you. In the past I've created spam comment-based poetry,… Continue reading Vocabulary Lessons from Spam Comments

Musing, Words

Cliches

It is a bit of an understatement to say that I am a huge English nerd. I love language in general, but English is the one that I can actually speak, which gives it a place of pride in my book. But there's another, less personal reason for my deep and unabiding affection for the… Continue reading Cliches

Poetry, Words, Writing

Spam Poetry Revisited

I was writing another post for today, but it got a little out of hand. Like, the kind of out of hand that happened that time I wrote about Easy A in eight parts. This one will probably go up later, maybe as more than one post, after I have done some more example-gathering and research,… Continue reading Spam Poetry Revisited

Words

Let’s Get Linggy

BLOG PACT DEFAULT. THANKS, EMILY. Extra post this week, folks, and you can thank my compatriot for the privilege. Sometimes when I have trouble figuring out what to blog about, I peruse my most popular tags for some idea of what's actually getting read on this thing. Surprisingly, my most popular post isn't about books or movies… Continue reading Let’s Get Linggy

English major, Rant, Words

A Rant About Linguistic Pedantry

Hey guys, remember that time I got all up in the prescriptive vs. descriptive grammar debate? Yeah, it's time for more of that.One of my favorite channels on YouTube is the Mental Floss channel, which is narrated by John Green and regularly comes out with videos full of Top-whatever lists about history and science and… Continue reading A Rant About Linguistic Pedantry

English major, Words

Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Grammar

It will probably not surprise anyone who reads this blog to learn that I am something of a grammar-phile. I have a small collection of dictionaries and grammar textbooks, and I like to read them for fun. Once, I read a biography of a grammar textbook (Stylized: a Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk & White's… Continue reading Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Grammar