First, allow me to explain the title. Since I love the English language and just about all that comes with that – I’m talking grammar, the written word, employing literary devices such as alliteration & rhyming, having linguistics as one of my minors in college, etc. – like mentioned in posts prior, I good-naturedly, 100% happily, and perfectly proudly refer to myself on occasions such as this one, as a “word nerd.” That explains the first ½ of the title.
The 2nd 1/2 of today’s title, “Word Fashion,” refers to my liking of words “looking good” or more specifically, written correctly. Similar to fashionable clothes being attractive to view, likewise “fashionable words” are attractive due to their flawless form.
(1 thing before moving on: I need to point out that I purposely don’t follow all of the correct writing rules in my blog – for example, writing “½” sometimes instead of spelling out the word “half”; saying numbers under 10 – like 8, 5, or 3 – when they’re supposed to be spelled out; or beginning a sentence like this very one with the number “1” when numbers starting sentences are actually supposed to be spelled out . . . When writing my blog, I relax a bit & enjoy “playing,” if you will, with words aka changing order, word choices & arrangements to spice things up.)
The Top 10 Good-to-Know – & ALSO ALWAYS APPLY –
English Language Easy Bits
1o. They’re = a contraction of the words “they are”
Their = ownership
Example: They’re going to ride their bikes to the beach.
9. You’re = a contraction of the words “you are”
Your = means something you own
Example: You’re right about your plans.
8. It’s = a contraction of the words “it is”
Its = ownership
Example: It’s going to be a long time before the coffee loses its warmth.
7. Inside quotation marks is where a period goes in dialogue.
Example: Luke said, “Sometimes George plays basketball in the rain.”
6. Proofread aka Skim Over documents, at least, before finishing a written piece of any kind to catch any potential errors.
Example: If you have in your paper “right” but actually mean “write,” spellcheck won’t catch errors like that since “right” is also a word.
5. Then = can be used in various parts of speech, like as an adverb, noun or adjective
Than = a comparison
Example: After the movie, then we went to dinner where I ordered pasta because I like that dish more than rice.
4. “You” can be Singular, referring to only one person, or Plural, referring to multiple people.
3. Remember not to stress yourself out – writing is simply talking about something on paper. So, K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Smarty.
2. Every day vs. Everyday – The 2 words “every day” mean something that happens daily, whereas the one word “everyday” is an adjective meaning ordinary or regular.
Example: Harry wakes up every day at seven and wears his everyday hat.
This final one is especially EXTRA IRRITATING to me:
1. Why, oh please tell me WHY, do people insert apostrophes in words just because they’re plural? Only use apostrophes in contractions or to show ownership (apostrophes are placed before an “s” to show ownership & after a word that ends in “s” to show ownership).
Example: The Johnsons are a nice family, and they’re over at the Smiths’ house to see Sally’s new baby.