Ever since I started blogging I’ve been paranoid about making a big grammar blunder.
When I write a post, it’s common for me to have a second window open to look up grammar rules – like if a word is supposed to be capitalized or not, or hyphenated or not, or if a book title is supposed to be underlined or italicized.
Every grammar rule I ever learned was in 1994, in sophomore English class.
Thankfully, I had a great grammar teacher (Hi Mr. Arthur!), and most of the important rules have stuck with me all this time. The only problem, is that grammar rules change.
For instance, back then it was the rule that words made up of initials were made plural with an apostrophe “s”. Like CD’s, or DVD’s. Now I find out that the rule has changed, and if the name of the item is common enough, you don’t include the apostrophe. Like CDs or DVDs.
Then A-Rob tells me that it’s becoming less common for there to be two spaces after a period because Word automatically pads the space at the end of a sentence, so only one is required.
This sort of news is disheartening. What if the antiquated rules I live by are one day obsolete, and I become the laughing stock of the grammar planet?
My kids will one day read something I wrote and inform me that “‘lol’ is a proper noun now, Mom.” Just like when my mom would ask me, “are you going to put some blush-on on before you leave?” And I would say, “what the heck is blush-on, Mom? Isn’t it just called blush?”
I’m feeling distressed about this. Thankfully I have these links to cheer me up today.
Red, at The Girl with the Red Balloon, reminds us that There is No “I” in Marriage…or is there?
Amanda from Frugal Confessions has some good tips for Purposefully restraining your household income (in order to prepare for upcoming events, or unknown ones).
Baker at Man Vs. Debt brings us An Idiot’s Guide to Living with 417 Things. It’s about stuff, and minimalism, but even if you’re not into minimalism, this is still a good read.
Niki at Debt Free by 30 tells about her frugal enemy, laziness. Oh laziness, how I love/hate you, just like sugar.
Kris at Everyday Tips and Thoughts tells us how to behave so that she won’t want to smack us.
And back to grammar, if you have trouble knowing which words to capitalize in a title (I do, I do!), this article should help.
Happy Superbowl Sunday, and GO [insert your team here]!
Ironically, I spelled “balloon” wrong the first time I published this. Fixed now.