Welcome to your GrammarBook.com e-newsletter.
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is an excellent reference guide.
I like your GrammarBook.com website as it contains ample information that is very easy to understand.
I enjoy your
e-newsletters so much, and I thoroughly enjoy being tested on the quizzes on your GrammarBook.com website. Thank you for all the fun and information!
Spell Check Overreach
My spell check has been drinking again. It just told me
“déjà vu” should be “deejay.”
Everyone who uses Word software probably has some form of spell check.
Mine—I call him “SC”—also makes occasionally
helpful (but often just surreal) suggestions about grammar and punctuation.
To be fair, SC sometimes saves me from my own carelessness. But all in all,
I think I’d rather get dating tips from a praying mantis.
For less-experienced writers, spell check is a mushroom in the woods: be
careful what you swallow. I once typed “public enemies” and SC
wanted “enemy’s.” Nouns ending in y are tricky
enough without bogus advice from a clueless tool. It pains me to think of
all the insecure people who follow blindly.
SC is no panacea to grammar-challenged Americans. He changed “how is
it possible” to “how it possible is,” and “all of
the above” became “the entire above.”
The word snarky, referring to a snide attitude, has been in
popular usage for a long time. But no one told SC, who thinks my hand
slipped while I was trying to type “snaky” or
“snarly.” Come to think of it, those two words pretty much sum
up snarky. But that’s beside the point.
Another familiar term is “A-lister”: someone who’s
show-business royalty. SC doesn’t get out much, so he thinks I must
mean “lifter” or “luster” or
“blister”—or even “leister,” which is a
three-pronged fishing spear. That’s no way to describe Angelina
And it’s not just trendy words that SC botches. The French word chez, referring to home or headquarters, has been prevalent in
English usage since the early 18th century. So why does SC think I mean
either a revolutionary (“Che”), a singer (“Cher”)
or some bloke named “Chet”?
For several decades, Luddite has been a handy word for someone who
rejects or is confounded by modern technology: “I’m such a
Luddite I can’t program my DVR.” You’d think SC could do
better than “landsite” or “audited.”
Clearly, at this point, spell check is too erratic. The irony is that
it’s least valuable to those who need it most.
(This Tom Stern classic was originally published in September 2012.)
Because of the e-newsletter’s large readership, please submit your English usage questions through GrammarBook.com’s “Grammar Blog.”
Free BONUS Quiz for You!
[[firstname]], because you are a subscriber to the newsletter, you get access to one of the Subscribers-Only Quizzes. Click here to take a Spelling Quiz and get your scores and explanations instantly!
More Good News for Quiz Subscribers
We are pleased to announce that we have added even more quizzes to help you challenge yourself, your students, and your staff. We added quizzes to existing categories and created some new categories such as “Confusing Verbs,” “Subjunctive Mood,” “Comprise,” “Sit vs. Set vs. Sat,” and “Spelling.”
We reviewed and strengthened every quiz on our website to ensure consistency with the rules and guidelines contained in our eleventh edition of The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.
If you think you have found an error in a quiz, please email us at email@example.com.
“So convenient … hundreds of quizzes in one click.”
[[firstname]], Subscribe to receive hundreds of English usage quizzes not found anywhere else!
- Take the quizzes online or download and copy them.
- Get scored instantly.
- Find explanations for every quiz answer.
- Reproduce the quizzes to your heart’s content.
- EASY to use.
- No software to download.
- No setup time.
- A real person to help you if you have any questions!
Instructors and Employers: we make your life easier!
- Assign quizzes to your students or employees.
- Students log in from anywhere.
- Scores are tallied and compiled for you.
- You decide whether to let students see their own scores and quiz explanations.
- Let GrammarBook.com take the hassle out of teaching English!
“Fun to test my skills!”
“The explanations really help … thanks!”
Your choice: Subscribe at the $29.95 or $99.95 level ($30 off - previously $129.95).
“I download the quizzes for my students who don’t have computer access.”
Subscribe today to receive hundreds of English usage quizzes not found anywhere else!
“Makes learning English FUN!”
Don’t need all the quizzes at once?
You can now purchase the same quizzes individually for ONLY 99¢ each. Purchase yours here.
Get Yours Today!
Get Amazon’s No. 1 Best-seller in Four Categories!
No. 1 in Grammar
No. 1 in Reading
No. 1 in Lesson Planning
No. 1 in Vocabulary
The Blue Book of Grammar
by Jane Straus, Lester Kaufman, and Tom Stern
The Authority on English Grammar!
Eleventh Edition Now Available
Have You Ordered Your Copy Yet?
An indispensable tool for busy professionals, teachers, students, homeschool families, editors, writers, and proofreaders.
Available in print AND as an e-Book! Over 2,000 copies are purchased every month!
Order Your Copy Today!
- Hundreds of Grammar, Punctuation, Capitalization, and Usage Rules
- Real-World Examples
- Spelling / Vocabulary / Confusing Words
- Quizzes with Answers
The publisher of The Blue Book, Jossey-Bass, A Wiley brand, is offering a 35 percent discount for those of you who order the book through Wiley.com. Shipping and tax are not included. Simply go to bit.ly/1996hkA and use discount code E9X4A.
*Offer expires December 31, 2017.
Learn all about who and whom, affect and effect, subjects and verbs, adjectives and adverbs, commas, semicolons, quotation marks, and much more by just sitting back and enjoying these easy-to-follow lessons. Tell your colleagues (and boss), children, teachers, and friends. Click here to watch.