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Commonly confused words: naval and navel

Two characters have sexily stripped off their tops. One is gently laying a line of kisses down the other from neck to … er … is it naval or navel? Using the wrong one is going to generate some confusing mental images.

Let’s look at these two words with some help from the Avengers.
Welcome to this Fandom Grammar post on commonly confused words. We have a list of four for you today: alley; ally; allay; and alloy. Our fannish examples will come from NBC Hannibal. May I allay any potential concerns with a promise that our post on Dreamwidth contains no scary or gory references?

Alleys and allies - not the same thing

Friday Funnies: Grammar Court

While many of us were taught in school, at least those of us of a certain age, that a sentence should never be ended with a preposition, that's probably a philosophy that has carried over from Latin grammar and isn't really suited for modern English usage.

You stand accused of ending your sentences with a preposition.

Commonly confused words: alter vs. altar

Hello, and welcome back to [community profile] fandom_grammar!  We’re in our new digs on Dreamwidth—mind the fresh paint!—and ready to answer your grammar questions.  Today we’ll ease back in to a regular posting schedule, starting off with a couple of commonly confused words that have similar spellings but very different meanings.  Let’s take a look at alter and altar, with some help from the Avengers.

How can we alter that altar?

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We look forward to bringing you more grammar-related content through 2017 at our new DW home.

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Fandom Grammar Will Return in February!

We hope everyone is having a good start to their new year! Fandom Grammar will be turning TEN this fall, so keep an eye out for some fresh ideas coming later this year!

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Friday Funnies: Well Grammar


Source: Bizarro


My first thought on reading this is that the "real" should actually be "really", but that's probably just me being pendantic.

But this comic brings home the point of proper comma usage, too. If I was that bully, I'd probably punch the well-digger in the nose for calling me "Stupid."

So how would you rewrite this comic to be more grammatically correct?


"* Mad about jorts"


When I showed this comic to the other fandom grammarians they loved it. Have you seen something similar? Does the person who is the first to criticize someone wearing white after Labor Day behave in the same way as the person who goes ballistic at the inappropriate usage of an apostrophe? Then perhaps you're seeing the same correlation that Randall Munroe of XKCD does.
Happy Monday, and welcome to the next installment of Say What?, in which we discover the origins of (Don’t) upset the applecart and The apple never falls far from the tree. With examples from SupernaturalCollapse )

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