Braggadocious and other etymological fun

Braggadocious and other etymological fun

Words – I LOVE words.
I particularly love it when other people use words well. It’s not as common as you’d think. When my personal trainer casually dropped the word etymology into a gym session I fell a little bit in love. The moment the man I was trying to decide whether to class as a potential […]

Know your sh*t part 2: Homophones

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Grammar, Social Media Strategy | No Comments

Sometimes, even though things sound the same, they’re different. Politicians, for example, or boybands.
Homophones, as we grammar pedants call them, trip everyone up, from the TEFL student to the careless tweeter. While these mistakes don’t upset me as much as the misused apostrophe, they will earn you “a slap upside the head” should Thea Newcomb ever […]

Know your sh*t part 1: The Apostrophe

Know your sh*t part 1: The Apostrophe

One of my favourite Twitter hashtags is #pedantsarewe.
I went to a school that had Grammar in the title. Every Wednesday we had a grammar test, so that by age 11 I knew my possessive from my indirect object pronouns and could even recognise a transferred epithet.
As someone who now writes for a living, I’m grateful. However, […]