Did you know that March 4th is National Grammar Day? Martha Brockenbrough, the author of Things That Make Us [Sic] and the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, established National Grammar Day in 2008 “for people appalled by bad grammar in public spaces”. If you are a word nerd like me, you probably…
We banish typos, of course, and we scan for errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling. But in our realm, every piece we review receives the royal treatment – which means we find more than just typos.
ProofingQueen has developed a PDF markup system that makes it easy for you to understand exactly what changes we’re suggesting, and why.
CHECK THOSE FACTS!
Think you got that historical date right? Do you have the correct line breaks in the poem that’s being placed on the inside cover? Does crunching numbers have you feeling, erm, crunched?
Banished words & phrases
Did you know that there’s a list of words and phrases that are Banished for Misuse, Overuse, and Uselessness? Lake Superior State University (LSSU) issues this tongue-in-cheek list at the end of each year. LSSU says it compiles the list to encourage “…avoidance of words and terms that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical…
YUO CNA ESIALY RAED TIHS ETNRIE STENECNE!
Have you seen this? Apparently, as long as the first and last letters of each word are correct, even if the rest of the letters in each word are mixed up, you can still read the sentence!
THE SERIAL COMMA
Whether you love it or hate it, the serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma, does have its uses.
THE “STRAIT” GOODS
This is a clever play on words that has created countless errors. As we’re based in Vancouver, BC, we’ve seen this one often.