Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Oh, Gee!





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Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Today, Editing for Grammarphobes tackles issues with words that begin with the letter "G," not anything glamorous or grandiloquent, but good to know nonetheless. See what I did there? *wink*


Gatsbyesque


Did you know that was a real word? I thought it was a colloquialism bandied about in English class, but no, it was added to the dictionary in 1977. The official definition is "resembling or characteristic of the title character or world of the novel The Great Gatsby." Yet another way classic literature affects our language.



Grisly, grizzly


Grisly means horrifying and repugnant, according to The Associated Press Stylebook 2016. It does not have an extra "s," like some think. 

Grizzly is a bear. AP states it can also be a word for grayish. 


Group


Even though it is means a bunch of people, the word group uses singular verbs and pronouns.


Gubernatorial


Gubernatorial means pertaining to a a governor. It's also the adjective form of governor.


All one word, no hyphen


godchild
goddamn
groundskeeper
groupthink
gunbattle 
gunboat
gunfight
gunpoint
gunpowder




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A professional writer/editor for almost 30 years, Karen Wojcik Berner's wide and varied experience includes such topics as grammar, blog content, book reviews, corporate communications, the arts, paint and coatings, real estate, the fire service, writing and literature, research, and publishing. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, Naperville Magazine, and Fresh Fiction. She also is the author of three contemporary women's fiction novels and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association. For more information on Karen, please visit www.karenberner.com.




Comments

angel011 said…
After Grizzly Adams, it's hard not to remember that grizzly is a bear. :)
True, angel011, but I can't always remember if grisly has one "s" or two.
I love Gatsbyesque. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books.

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