Again with the grammar annoyances


Two is a lot of words.  Well, that's true for some people who think alot is one word.

Oh, possum.  Who ever heard of a first letter that's there and pretends not to be?  Yeah, it's playing opossum.

Comma chameleon.  Commas have lots of uses: separation of clauses, isolating parenthetical phrases, between adjectives, in serial geographical names (as in addresses), etc.  But you know what they really stand for?  A pause.  That's it.  You don't need to enumerate all the rules.  You don't need one if it's a continuous sentence.  Conversely, if you paused when reading it, you need a comma or two (t)here.

When's day?  Come on.  No one says Wed-nes-day.

Massacre.  That's what happened to the nutty British version of that er suffix (in cases where it's not actually used as a suffix) at the centre of the English empire.  Except for that one word.

Read and read.  How is it that the words used in conjugation of the verb most directly associated with written language are spelled precisely the same?  We even know how to spell a homonym of each form differently.  So why are we still frustrating ourselves from kindergarten on up in learning how to read?  Sorry, I mean reed.

Canceling out a letter.  Google reports roughly equal instances of use of cancelling vs. canceling.  The official spelling only contains one "L," but there's this subset of gerunds in the English language who insist on doubling the final consonant (e.g., running, getting, dropping, sitting, jamming, blogging, forgetting, putting, letting, etc.) even though that's not the norm.  But there's no obvious rule-based insistence that directs this trend on unknown cases.  Confussing!

What's the plural of series?  The word itself already implies plurality, but then what if you have a series of series?  And which of those is singular?  Seriesly!

Don't panic, 'k?  But there's a random letter that just showed up in the gerund form which resulted in much panicking.

Random Capitalization.  Whenever people get serious about something in text form, they suddenly revert to German where they capitalize all Nouns and tell you someone is about to have Surgery.  If it isn't a trademarked Proper Noun, you don't have to capitalize it.  Unless you're trying to look like a self-important Jackass.


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