Category Archives: The Grammar Geek

Divorce Them

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People really do try, but it’s amazing what awful grammar they produce when they think they are getting it right. I even hear this error from cable newscasters , and especially from sportscasters.    “Ms. Grant gave he and she a nice wedding gift.” Cringe!!!!  The only way to prove how to fix this is to split up the happy couple.  … Read more »

Better stick to Latin

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Headline: “PENDING CHANGES IN VATICAN CITY EFFECT TOURISTS.”  [From an Untours post, 4/1/16.] Synopsis: Pope Francis has decided to go green and convert the Vatican fleet and the Popemobile to Tesla electric cars. Taken literally, the grammatically incorrect headline means the changes could create tourists. In reality, these changes might affect tourism adversely because the Teslas will require more electric… Read more »

The Famous Panda Joke

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Is Grammar Humor an oxymoron? The famous panda joke,  whose punchline became the title of a best-selling book by Lynn Truss on – of all things, punctuation – is my lead-off Grammar Geek post. But first, a warm-up-act.   “Let’s eat Grandma,” said the starving children.  “Let’s eat, Grandma,” said the starving children. Commas save lives. And now for the panda joke. As far as… Read more »