GRAMMAR GEM: Putting the Brakes on Broke

The verb “break” is a tough one for some people. Of course, there is the obvious confusion between “brake,” meaning to stop or slow something (as with a car), and “break,” which means to split into pieces or smash. Just to confuse you a little more, there is also the noun version of “break,” which is a bodiless carriage frame used for breaking in horses. But I digress. The biggest […]

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GRAMMAR GEM OF THE DAY – Capitalizing Titles

I know being the head of a country is a big deal, but that doesn’t mean a president always deserves a capital letter. This grammatical rule trips up many of us. A formal title is only capitalized if it is used in direct connection to that person’s name. “The president of our country is Barack Obama.” “The head of our country is President Barack Obama.” Do you see the difference? […]

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Grammar Gem of the Day: “Staff” Infection

I’m cursed. I have trouble reading books or listening to speakers because I feel the need to dissect their grammar and usage. What a nerd I have turned out to be. Here’s an example. Last Sunday I had trouble focusing on the sermon because the pastor had such bad grammar. One of his most noticible grammatical sins was his misuse of the word “staff.” He said something like this: “The […]

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Grammar Gem of the Day

SEEN VS. SAW – The misuse of the word “seen” is one of my biggest grammatical pet peeves. For example, “I seen Ironman 3 last night.” ACK! The correct word is “saw.” Seen is used if it is preceded by a form of “has” (“I have seen that movie three times” – or – “She has seen the second part of the series”).

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Wacky Word of the Day

NUMEN (noun) = a divine power or spirit often identified with a natural object, phenomenon, or place (Use this word in a sentence and you’ll be entered in this month’s drawing for one of my books!)

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WACKY WORD OF THE DAY RECAP – Week of January 20

Here’s a recap of the crazy words included in this week’s WACKY WORD of the Day. Don’t forget the contest: use any of these words in a sentence and you will be automatically entered in this month’s drawing to win one of my books. We’ll begin a new monthly contest in February. There is still time to add your sentences as comments to this blog posting or on my other […]

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