Grammar Giggle – Assistants?

This was in a recent local bar publication. You can see that the headline is wrong because it is right in the first paragraph. This just shows the importance of reading headings as well as the language of your document.


Grammar Giggle – Sectary

I realize news stations are always wanting to be the first ones out with the headlines, but do they honestly think that being the first one out with a headline with typos makes them look good? This was in my important news alerts this past week:


Grammar Giggle – Non-Alcoholic Beer Too!

This came from a PTB reader. I guess this means non-alcoholic beer is prohibited–along with the other REAL alcoholic beverages. Or are there really people who don’t think beer is alcohol. Wait–I watch Live PD so I already know the answer to that question.

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Confusing Words Of The Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • rye – a grain used to make bread or whiskey
    • I like pastrami on rye for a sandwich.
  • wry – ironically humorous
    • My son has a very wry sense of humor.

Memory tips:

  • rye – Use the e to remind you that things made with ryE are Edible (and I’m counting drinkable as edible).
  • wry – Words are what are used to show the Wry sense of humor.

Grammar Giggle – Extremely Last Minute

A one-sentence email that is this full of errors really concerns me. Merriam-Webster defines “last minute” as “the moment just before some climactic, decisive, or disastrous event.” I’m not sure how you could have an “extremely last minute” if last minute means “the moment just before.” Not even counting the other spelling errors in this email. Take time to slow down and actually read what you’re putting out there for all the world to see.



Grammar Giggle – 10, 100, Not Much Difference

I saw this online. It appears someone got carried away with the zeros and instead of 10 people sickened, they initially reported that it was 100. That’s quite a difference in the number of people affected, which makes for bad news in my book.


Replay Thursday

Thursday-ReplayIt’s time for a review of recent blog posts just in case you’ve missed them. We call this Replay Thursday. Here are posts from Proof That proofreading blog and 60 Is The New 60 blog during the past week.