TOW 2

June 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm (PRCA 3330 Topic of the Week)

     For this week’s TOW I visited Grammar Girl’s website and I was very impressed with the information I found. I am semi-familiar with this website because I have some prior experience with it from another class so it wasn’t too difficult to navigate through. I came across the ‘Top Ten Grammar Myths’ and there were a few things on the list that surprised me. To give a better insight to what I learned from this article, here’s what made the list:

  1. You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition
  2. You shouldn’t split infinitives
  3. It’s incorrect to answer the Q: “How are you?” with the A: “I’m good.”
  4. You use a before words that start with consonants and you use an before words that start with vowels
  5. I.e. and e.g. mean the same thing
  6. Passive voice is always wrong
  7. There is only one way to write the possesive form of words that end in s
  8. Irregardless is not a word
  9. You shouldn’t start a sentence with the word however
  10. A run on sentence is a really long sentence

     The first one on the list that jumped out at me was #8: irregardless is not a word. Grammar Girl says that this is technically not a word but it has gained wide enough use to qaulify as one. I’ll be sure not to use the word irregardless in a situation where I am trying to be taken seriously..

     I would really like to know more about #3 on the list: It’s incorrect to answer the Q: “How are you?” with the A: “I’m good.” According to Grammar Girl, the response “I’m well” should be used when talking about your health, not your general disposition. I have always heard that “I’m well” is a more acceptable response than “I’m good” but I guess I was wrong. I can’t tell you how many times I was corrected for saying “good” instead of “well” when I was younger, but who’s laughing now.. 🙂

Here’s a link to the podcast/article I used:

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/top-ten-grammar-myths.aspx

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3 Comments

  1. Ashley said,

    Funny thing about “irregardless”- my algebra teacher in college actually taught me that it wasn’t a word! Of all people in my life, my algebra teacher taught me that. Where were the English teachers growing up (or did they tell us and I was talking. . . not sure)? Oh well, funny how life teaches us things in the most unexpected ways! Grammar Girl is great and I’ll be sure to read up on that specific article, it sounds really interesting! Thanks for blogging, Ashley

  2. Blog Comments « Ashley Quinn's Blog said,

    […] TOW 2 by Lauren O’Sullivan June 13, 2010- Funny thing about “irregardless”- my algebra teacher in college actually taught me that it wasn’t a word! Of all people in my life, my algebra teacher taught me that. Where were the English teachers growing up (or did they tell us and I was talking. . . not sure)? Oh well, funny how life teaches us things in the most unexpected ways! Grammar Girl is great and I’ll be sure to read up on that specific article, it sounds really interesting! Thanks for blogging, Ashley […]

  3. Martine Howell said,

    Speaking of words that are not words…my high school English teacher could not stand when weather persons used the word “weather-wise.” She would scoff and say, “Weather-wise is not a word!” Furthermore, she would go into how the road signs were wrong which said, “Drive safely.” It’s “Drive Safe.” Strange how we take for granted that the words which we were hearing and reading are the correct form.

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