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Friday Funnies: Grammar Sheriff

Welcome to another installment of the Friday Funnies! Just on a Monday!

{Bonus points to anyone who gets that reference.}

Cyanide & Happiness (Explosm.net)

Even when I hear things like this being said in Westerns or by "hillbillies", it still makes my skin crawl. But I'd be a hypocrite if I said I've never used a double negative before. My prime transgression? "Ain't nobody got no time for that."

So what's your favorite double negative to say?
One of our readers asks, “How many exclamation marks are too many? What is the standard usage on number of exclamation marks in a sentence or on a page?”

This sounds like a question born in the era of OMG!!!!!1!!1eleventy!, but questions around overuse of exclamation marks—or exclamation points in American English—have been around for much longer. Here is some advice, old and new, with examples from Stargate SG-1.Collapse )
In today’s edition of Say What?, we’ll be taking a look at a couple of sayings that remind you that what you say, or maybe what you don’t say, can have great impact on what people think of you.  Let’s jump right into better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt and tell the truth and shame the devil, with some help from the characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Telling the truth doesn’t make you a fool, does it?Collapse )

Answer: What is the origin of "rigmarole"?

Welcome to your first post-hiatus post from Fandom Grammar. As I hope you saw a couple of days ago, the community is back to a weekly posting schedule, and we're expanding our communications beyond LiveJournal to other social media. If you have questions, please submit them as comments to this post, as we'd love to start answering them again.

This week I'll be looking at the origin of the word rigmarole, and what it means today.

John and Harold, from Person of Interest, will go through the rigmarole of finding an answer.Collapse )

Fandom Grammar Is Back!

Welcome back to fandom_grammar! We are returning to regular posting starting this Monday. We'll have a reduced schedule for the time being with posts only on Mondays.

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Fandom Grammar Hiatus

We apologize for the delay in notification, but due to some real-life conflicts, fandom_grammar will be taking an extended hiatus. Never fear, fandom_grammar will be returning in July! This summer we'll be back to answering your questions and continuing to provide grammar and writing advice. Additionally, we'll be expanding to new social media outlets—so we really will be back and bigger than ever!

You are more than welcome to continue asking grammar and writing questions, and we'll incorporate them in our queue for our return this summer.

Mind those commas while we're gone.

Answer: Present tense and past events

Our question today is from ely_baby, who wants to know: When writing mostly in the present tense, what tense should be used for events in the past? 

There are a lot of past tense choices, and all of them can work with a present tense narrative. I will use Daisy, from Agents of SHIELD, to illustrate the options with some present day action and past history.Collapse )
Welcome to another installment of Blast From the Past. This week we're going to look at a couple more sets of easily confused words: it's/its and your/you're. melayneseahawk first covered them back in 2008, and then chiroho tackled them in a 2011 BftP. So let's give both of these easily confused duos another glance with a little help from our friends over at Once Upon a Time, shall we?

Blast from the past: it"s/its and your/you"reCollapse )


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