Oxford Comma

This Writing Wednesday is likely to ruffle a few feathers, but I'm past the point of caring. There is a time and place to use the Oxford comma—simple lists are not that time or place. Here's my train of thought when it comes to The Com: If a pause would benefit the sentence's flow, by all means! [...]

Do You Know What I Mean?

"I literally can't even." - Me, anytime someone else misuses literally. And then I hate myself so much. Here's the thing about literally: It began with one—very literal—definition: in a literal manner or sense; exactly Whatever follows literally is not open for interpretation. It is exactly as you say it is. Appallingly, that definition is now essentially [...]

One Last Thing

Upon sharing last week's semicolon post I was asked about the proper use of em dashes. Truth be told, I'm probably the worst person to ask about em dashes because I love em dashes—to the point where I may overuse them. So this Writing Wednesday is just as much for me as it is for the six other people [...]

Every Breath You Take

Another Writing Wednesday to take your mind off the real world, hooray! Today we're talking semicolons, but please don't run away. They may seem fancy and unnecessary, but you'd be surprised how often they apply. Just think of them as super commas.  To avoid any unnecessary confusion, we'll stick to the two most common uses. [...]

Fly Me to The Moon

This Writing Wednesday is short and sweet. Mainly because the topic itself is such, but also because my brain is pretty much checked out. It's been an exhausting few days. BUT, let's talk abbreviations! More specifically – i.e. and e.g. Contrary to popular belief, the two are not interchangeable. One is used when you exhaust the list of [...]

Take a Chance on Me

Another Writing Wednesday, hooray! Further fueled by the passionate fight to end all misuse of myself, I'm dedicating this week to your correct alternatives: me and I. “If you have any questions, please find Bob or myself.” Does this happen because people don't know whether they should use I or me? Thus panicking and resorting to myself in the hopes it could rightly [...]

Don’t Hurt Yourself

Buckle up, friends. This Writing Wednesday is fueled by years of frustration over the misuse of one very simple word: MYSELF By definition, myself is used when the speaker is the object of a verb or preposition and the subject of that clause. BUT, that's a lot of grammar jargon, so look at it this way: The [...]

You Don’t Own Me

If you thought I'd have a blog referencing the Associated Press and not talk about the rules of writing, you have another thing comin'. WELCOME TO WRITING WEDNESDAYS! A weekly installment in which I discuss common mistakes you may want to avoid. If you don't want to avoid them, just don't check my blog on Wednesdays. But please know [...]