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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. There are certainly times when you shouldn't use a preposition at the end of a sentence, for example when the preposition is extraneous, but Oxford Dictionaries has a nice little blog that includes a primer on prepositions and how they can be used that should help you avoid mistakes.

Of course, in the specific example used in the cartoon above, I think I'd be convicting the defendant as well. :-)
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"* 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.
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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. )
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This week's Say What? looks at two sayings that are related to annelids, and both of them counsel caution in different ways. My examples for explaining these sayings will be from Person of Interest.

What happens if the worm that the early bird catches decides to turn? )
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"I literally could care less."


While I have loved XKCD for years, and I knew that this was a comic that I had to post here, I'm a little on the fence about Munroe's message in this particular instance. Perhaps not quite as much as Michael LeSauvage from Geek Dad, but I think along similar lines. What do you think about correcting other people's language?
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This week's commonly confused words will include three homonyms, censor, censer, and sensor, as well as censure, which has a slightly different pronunciation but is often confused with them. The examples will be using our friends at Person of Interest.

I need a sensor for the censer before the censor censures me )
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In this week's Say What? our two sayings are both food related but are very different in their meanings. To help demonstrate their use I'll be using characters from Person of Interest in my examples.

How do you prove your puddings? )
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In this week's Say What? we'll be looking at two expressions that are related to either, depending on how you look at it, things that money can buy, or whether people's integrity is real. I'll be using the characters from Person of Interest in my examples.

What is your price? )
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Welcome to another edition of Say What? where we look at the origin of different sayings and proverbs. This time our sayings relate to familiarity and closeness, and I'll be using characters from Person of Interest in my examples.

Are you familiar with your neighbours? )
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The question we'll be answering this week deals with whether or not there should be an apostrophe in "heads up".

With examples from NCIS )
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XKCD shows us just how hard core linguists can be when it comes to the 'quotative like'.



"God was like, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."


[livejournal.com profile] fandom_grammar hasn't done an article specifically on the 'quotative like', but you can certainly check out our usage tag for general information on usage. There's also a Grammar Girl article called Why Do People Say "Like" So Much? which covers multiple different ways "like" is used.
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In this week's Say What? we'll be looking at two sayings that are clothing related, though only one of them is directly related to what we wear. I'll be using characters from Person of Interest for my examples.

What do your clothes make of you? )
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While I can't say that I've encountered such inflammatory disagreements here at [livejournal.com profile] fandom_grammar, we grammarians certainly have our disagreements, don't we?


Third Way

[rollover text:] 'The monospaced-typewriter-font story is a COMPLETE FABRICATION! WAKE UP, SHEEPLE'
'It doesn't matter! Studies support single spaces!'
'Those results weren't statistically significant!'
'Fine, you win. I'm using double spaces right now!'
'Are not! We can all hear your stupid whitespace.'
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In this week's "Say What?" we'll be looking at two sayings that talk about how we're often willing to go places we wouldn't usually go when faced with difficult circumstances. We'll be helped out as we look at this with examples from NCIS.

That strange bedfellow is back in port again )
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In this week's installment of "Say What?" the sayings we're examining discuss things that are good at both the beginning and the end, though we all hope that ending isn't too close. The examples this week are from The Avengers.

The middle bit -- after the beginning and before the end )
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I hope, anticipate, desire, expect, believe, and wish that you all find this as delightful, diverting, enjoyable, entertaining, fun, gratifying, humourous, pleasing, and amusing as I do.
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In this week's "Say What?" the proverbs that we're examining are about how sharing something can be both bad and good, and the examples I'm using will be from NCIS.

Cooking up some problems )
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Today's question examines the difference between libel and liable, which we'll do with some examples from The Avengers.

Herein lies the libel )
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I think it's fair to say that Comic Sans is a font that attracts a lot of hatred -- largely because it's been significantly overused. But is it the worst font out there? CollegeHumor has come up with a list of 8 different fonts that they think are worse than Comic Sans, and I have to agree that some of them are pretty terrible. What do you think?

Click on the comic below to open the CollegeHumor site and see all 8 fantastically bad fonts.


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Happy New Year, and welcome to the first [livejournal.com profile] fandom_grammar post of 2014. Today we're looking at a question asked by [livejournal.com profile] campylobacter: What is the difference between "ravel" and "unravel"?

Let's have a look, with examples from our friends at NCIS.

Behind this LJ cut we unravel the answer )

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