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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: To Independence

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Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER

Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?




Years ago, the 4th of July holiday meant backyard barbecues with family friends who also had kids around the same ages as mine. Laughter floated above the chorus of adult conversation as the kids ran in and out of our blow-up swimming pool, filling their water guns, readying for their battles. The night ended with writing their names in the sky with sparklers and cuddling close with their mothers as fireworks burst colors across the sky.

Today, all of the kids who once frolicked in our backyard are preparing for adulthood. Some have begun their careers. Others are choosing which college to attend.

So, grab a glass of lemonade, or something stronger, and let’s toast to Independence Day.


Barbecue

Yes, that’s the proper spelling, according to the Associated Press Stylebook. Althoug…

Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Comics Edition

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Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?





I don't know about you, but I'm already maxed out, and it's only Wednesday. Between everything happening in the world, crazy weather in Chicagoland that feels more like Florida than Illinois, and an ever-growing to-do list, I need a little levity. So instead of our usual Editing for Grammarphobes, I present some fun grammar jokes guaranteed to bring a smile to your face (or at least a smirk). Enjoy. xx












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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Let's Rock 'N' Roll, Baby

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?





Since we had a brief musical interlude last week with citing songs and such, let’s finish up words and phrases that begin with the letter “R.”


Recur, recurred, recurring

These are the correct words, not reoccur.


Red-haired, redhead, redheaded

These words are correct ways to describe your favorite ginger. Red-haired is hyphenated, but redhead and redheaded aren’t.


Retweet

One word for retweet, the sharing of a tweet on Twitter.


Ride-sharing

This phrase to describe such companies as Uber and Lyft is hyphenated.


Rifle, riffle

The Associated Press Stylebook states, “to rifle is to plunder or steal,” whereas to riffle is “to leaf rapidly through a book or pile of papers.” A rifle, spelled with one “f,” also is a gun.


Rock ‘n’ roll

That’s the phrase, but the hall of fame’s name is the Rock …

Citing Songs and Other Musical Works

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Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?





When I was in high school, the musical my senior year was to be Carousel, an interesting choice considering its secondary storyline of spousal abuse and crime, particularly the song, “What’s the Use of Wonderin’,” in which Julie Jordan seems to rationalize why her husband, Billy Bigelow, hits her. But he’s her feller, so you love him and that’s that, which certainly does not sit well with adult me.

Carousel debuted on Broadway in 1945, and just like other Rodgers and Hammerstein works, such as parts of South Pacific and The King and I, it is a product of its time period. Although I grew up singing show tunes, I have a hard time getting past some of the overtly racist and sexist songs and themes. Out of all the Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborations, I think The Sound of Music pro…