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.

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/03/02/grammar-giggle-i-want-what-shes-having/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/03/05/grammar-giggle-ablquerque/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/03/06/confusing-words-of-the-week-18/

http://60isthenew60blog.com/2018/03/07/surgery-cancer-love-and-life/

http://proofthatblog.com/2018/03/08/happy-national-proofreading-day/

 

Happy National Proofreading Day!

Happy National Proofreading Day!March 8 is National Proofreading Day. It is a day that was created to bring awareness to how important it is to proofread. National Proofreading Day promotes error free writing–and so do I! This message of National Proofreading Day is the message of Proof That proofreading blog and is set out in a blog post entitled “Why Proofreading Is Important.” Please take a minute and just proofread your last email, a text, or the letter you’re working on. It really is important!

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 proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • Conscience – the sense of right and wrong

His conscience wouldn’t let him steal the candy bar.

  • Conscious – cognizant; sensible; aware

She was conscious of the man staring at her.

Memory tips:

  • Conscience – The science of the brain knowing the difference between right and wrong
  • Conscious – Contains the letters I C U so you are aware. Conscience does not contain the “U.”

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.

Grammar Giggle – Tog Hether

Grammar Giggle – Everyday

Confusing Words Of The Week

Grammar In The News – It’s So Gangsta!

 

Grammar In The News – It’s So Gangsta!

Grammar In TheI love it when grammar issues become a news story. Grammar is important! And apparently so is knowing your slang when you’re on a national game show.

http://nationalpost.com/entertainment/television/jeopardy-contestant-loses-thousands-by-going-gangsta-on-grammar

 

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 proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • Casual – incidental; informal
    • The party attire was casual, so I wore jeans.
  • Causal – causing
    • The casual link to the accident was her cell phone.

Memory tips:

Casual – “You all” (casUAL) are more comfortable in an informal atmosphere

Causal – Root is “cause” so “causal” is “causing”

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.

Grammar Giggle – Movelist

Grammar Giggle – In The Past, I Passed The Top Score

Confusing Words of the Week

I’m Number 2!

 

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.

Grammar Giggle – Mater Main

Grammar Giggle – Junk Mail

Confusing Words of the Week

For Want Of A Comma–The Oxford Comma Update

 

For Want Of A Comma–The Oxford Comma Update

Update Oxford CommaNearly a year ago, I wrote a blog post about a case, the crux of which was the lack of an oxford comma. Here is the section of that post quoting the language missing the Oxford comma:

Here is the law’s wording about activities NOT meriting overtime pay:

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.

Based on this language, is packing for shipment its own activity or is it packing for the distribution of the three things on the list? If an Oxford comma had separated “packing for shipment” and “or,” the meaning would have been much more clear. According to court documents, the drivers arguing for overtime actually distribute perishable food, but they do not pack it. That argument helped win the case.

The Oakhurst Dairy drivers who brought the case had asked for $10 million. Court documents filed last week indicate the case was settled for $5 million. All for the want of a comma . . .

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 proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

Envelop – to cover; to wrap

She used the blanket to envelop her cold feet.

Envelope – a wrapper for a letter

The letter was returned as the envelope was missing postage.

Memory tips:

  • envelop – Think about this as wrap ending the same way as envelop
  • envelope – Since this has an extra “e,” I would use the extra “e” to designate the letter that is going inside