grammar, sh-mammar part 4

On WritingMarch has become Grammar Month! I’ve decide to round out my last On Writing post for the month with one more grammar rant. This time, it’s all about words we use the wrong way, and I’m taking the easy way out on this one. I’m reblogging an informative (and truly funny) post from Hello Giggles.

And yes, for the record, I know this post and last week’s have not technically been about grammar. They’ve been about word meaning. Eh, it’s loosely related. Let’s not get too serious about this stuff. We’re trying to have fun, remember?

Okay, now for the reblog:

10 Words That You’ve Probably Been Misusing

There are so many words in the English language that it’s not surprising that the definitions for some of them have gotten mixed up over the years. It’s possible that you’ve gone your entire life without realizing your mistakes. I’m sure people have noticed. One day, you were probably walking down the street, casually chatting with an old friend, and one of these words slipped out of your mouth. Before you can move on to your story about how Mufasa would actually make a very attractive human, your friend stops to correct your error, and suddenly, your whole life starts to feel like one giant lie. How long have you been using that word incorrectly, you wonder? How many angry Facebook rants have you ruined with your improper grammar? While I can’t give you an answer to those questions, I can at least provide you with a list of other tricky words so that you may never have to suffer from this embarrassment ever again. Read more…

Oh, and for anyone interested, there isn’t an official National Grammar Month. However, March 4 was National Grammar Day, so I was kind of in the ballpark all long. Ha!


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

4 Responses to grammar, sh-mammar part 4

  1. Love it. And I have to say, she got me on ‘terrific’!


  2. tristdagon says:

    Not going to lie I had no idea I was using terrific wrong. Love this post, it was fun to read.


    • dex says:

      In fairness, though, the meaning of words change over time. Maybe, if we’re all using a word as though it means something other than the original meaning, we should consider updating the meaning. Language evolves, you know?


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