Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bad D, Seriously

Bad D, Seriously
Originally uploaded by cbg_rocketfever.
We've taken to luring writers guilty of egregious apostrophe errors into the proofreading room, where Derek dons the Mask of Anger and forces them into the Pit of Everlasting Regret.

So, remember, apostrophes denote possession or contraction, NOT plurals. And if you've never gotten the apostrophe-s/s-apostrophe thing down, well, you're in trouble.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Weird vs. Wierd

Weird is undoubtably the sassiest adjective in the English lexicon. It boldly violates the i-before-e rule, and it rhymes with neither "neighbor" nor "way," yet it is spelled as if it rhymed with both (which it clearly doesn't). Weird is the thinking man's bizarre (one z, two r's!).

Personally I prefer awesome.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

TOSC Quiz No. 1

What's wrong with the following sentence?*

The Super Friends agreed Monday to consider logical help for Spider-Man's peacekeeping force in Michigan's troubled Greenville region.

The first to answer correctly wins a TOSC T-shirt!**

*TOSC members may not participate.
**Libby Molyneaux is responsible for production and distribution of TOSC T-shirts.

NOW You Have Style: An Introduction

The flattery runs deep. I am honored to be a part of The Other Style Council. I look forward to sounding off officially on dangling modifiers--especially Jamie's.

Joining Jamie in this online collision of souls and crucial musings on punctuation is something I've been jonesing for daily. But could someone please tell me why Jamie's always crying? And why he's always got a gun?

Seriously now: It's about time you stopped the sexism. Good work. Thanks for keeping it real, as Jamie might say.

NOW, this s**t is about to get good.

--Court Dog