Grammar Slammer

Punctuation, usage, spelling … the Grammar Slammer is keeping an eye on the way we use (and misuse!) the written word.

Which word should I use?

October 24, 2018
Five clarifications for word usage.

Portmanteaus to the rescue

September 26, 2018
Here is a list of words you may be surprised are actually portmanteaus.

How’s your Latin?

August 22, 2018
Latin words and expressions are quite common in documents and speech, especially in the legal sphere. Complete this test to see how well you know your Latin.

Watch out for these 6 tricky expressions

July 25, 2018
Even the most grammar conscious people can still make mistakes, writes Sharon Reynolds for Hubspot. Here are the six expressions people still use incorrectly.

Punctuation takes on meaning in your texts

July 25, 2018
Texting does not need the same attention to punctuation as your other writing does. But much of your punctuation (or absence of it) carries an unspoken subtle message.

Odds and ends to improve your writing

June 27, 2018
Here are some random rules to help kick your writing up a notch.

‘Which’ or ‘that’?

May 23, 2018
That’s the question that can stump people. Or is it the question which can stump people? Let’s see.

Just a victim of hypercorrection

April 25, 2018
Yes, we know the rules, but somehow apply them incorrectly in the attempt to get it right. Huh? That’s called hypercorrection.

Use the right word: Who or whom simplified

March 29, 2018
If you’re not sure, just answer or reword the sentence using he for who, and him for whom.

Rules to lighten up on

December 22, 2017

There are several common grammar rules people love to cite when offering corrections for things that aren’t really wrong, writes Lauren Davis at io9. If you’ve been scolded for one of these, you can breathe a sigh of relief.