- Affect vs. effect. The easiest way to remember the difference between the two is affect means “to influence.” So if you’re going to influence something, you will have an affect. If it’s the result of something, it’s an effect.
- The Oxford comma. In a series of three or more terms, you should use what’s referred to as the Oxford comma. This means you should have a comma before the word “and” in a list. For instance: The American flag is red, white, and blue. Many people debate this, but I’m a believer in it because there are times when you don’t have the extra comma and the sentence doesn’t make sense. I prefer to err on the side of having the Oxford in there.
- Commas, in general. And speaking of commas, slow down when you’re writing and read your copy out loud. You don’t want to make this mistake: Let’s eat grandma vs. let’s eat, grandma. Poor grandma will be eaten if you forget the comma.
- Their, they’re, and there. You’d think everyone learned this rule in fourth grade, but it’s a very common mistake. Use “there” when referring to a location, “their” to indication possession, and “they’re” when you mean to say “they are.”
- Care less. The dismissive “I could care less” you hear all the time is incorrect. If you could care less, that means there is more you could care less about the topic. Most people omit the “not” in that phrase. It should be, “I couldn’t care less.”
- Irregardless. This word doesn’t exist. It should be regardless.
- Nauseous. How many times have you said you felt nauseous? This is incorrect. You feel nauseated. Nauseous means something is sickening to contemplate.
- Your and you’re. Another mistake you see in people’s social media profiles and in the content they create is not correctly using “your” and “you’re.” If you’re meaning to say “you are,” the correct word is “you’re” (like at the beginning of this sentence). Otherwise the word is “your.”
- Fewer vs. less. Another common mistake, “less” refers to quantity and “fewer” to a number. For instance, Facebook has fewer than 5,000 employees.
- Quotation marks. Among great debate, people ask all the time whether or not punctuation belongs inside or outside quotation marks. It belongs inside.
- More than vs. over. I’m pretty sure the advertising agency created this grammatical error. Instead of saying, “We had more than 50 percent growth” in ad copy, “over” allows for more space. So they say, “We had over 50 percent growth.” Drives. Me. Crazy.
- Me vs. I. I was reading something by a big muckety muck the other day and the copy read, “This year has brought a big personal development for my wife and I…” No, no, no! If you were going to say that without the mention of your wife, you wouldn’t say, “This year has brought a big personal development for I.” You would say “me.” So this year has brought a big personal development for my wife and me.
I saw these words on the facebook wall of a friend. The words are meaningful to me. I post them for quick reference and to share in case they bless others:
A mind at perfect peace with God!
Oh what a word is this!
A sinner reconciled through blood
This, this indeed is peace!
By nature and by practice far
How very far from God!
Yet now by grace brought near to Him
Through faith in Jesus blood!
So near, so very near to God,
I cannot nearer be!
For in the person of His Son
I am as near as He!
So dear, so very dear to God,
More dear I cannot be!
The love wherewith He loves the Son
Such is His love to me!
Why should I ever careful be,
Since such a God is mine?
He watches o’er me might and day
And tells me Mine is thine!
“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.”
~Vincent van Gogh
“Either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Today is my birthday.
Happy Birthday, Me!
Why, thank you, Me! And same to You!
I originally blogged this on May 14, 2014:
Today I noticed that Gmail Chat has changed horribly. I can no longer look up a specific chat and see the conversation with one transmit after the other. It shows every comment in an individual “document” or whatever, so I can’t read it without having to click on the next post.
Does anyone have any idea how to fix this? It is horrible and useless as far as keeping a record this way. I am going to have to start using Yahoo Messenger until a solution is found.
Edited to add:
As of today, January 8, 2014, Gmail Chat is still terribly messed up. A huge thread of complaints has been ongoing at this link.
Despite all the complaining, Google has done nothing to fix the problem. Why is that? Will they ever fix it? I do hope so.
“Bible verses aren’t just for church. They’re for everyone.”
-Jean Schulz, widow of Charles M. Schulz
From “The Making Of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’”
All I want to say is that my heart is sore.
From “Gift From The Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity – in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.
The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits – islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.
“For an idea that does not at first seem insane, there is no hope.”