The Year in Review

A Surprise Entry!

First of all, thanks to all of you who have signed up for this blog. I hope you’ve made a few changes that make sense to you.

Let’s take a quick look at some of this year’s highlights:

The dedication: If you haven’t read where the name of the blog really came from, take a moment to read the About section.

We learned we can’t use very in front of first or last.

We learned we can’t put any qualifying word in front of unique; the word needs to stand alone.

We learned that the “s” for the plural of son-in-law goes after son.

Some of us learned that there is no such word as alot. What we mean is a lot—two words.

We learned that saying past history or past experience is redundant.

We learned that no matter what college you may have attended, you can never be an alumni.

We learned the difference between couldn’t care less and could care less.

We learned that reoccur and reoccurring are not real words.

We learned that fewer and less are not to be used interchangeably.

We learned that its’ is an abomination.

We learned that saying “irregardless” is nearly as abominable.

If one of the above doesn’t make sense, just look back at the blog and refresh yourself. Sometimes it takes real work to fight back against the tide!

Thanks for coming onboard. Please feel free to make a suggestion or leave a comment. They are always welcome.

Happy New Year to you all (or all y’all)!




Living in a college town and teaching at another local university, I hear this one a lot.

The common mistake is saying something like, “I am or she is an alumni of such-and-such college.” That’s impossible. Alumni is the PLURAL form of alumnus.

If you graduated from a college, you are an alumnus of that college. If a bunch of graduates are getting together, then the alumni of that school are gathering.

In other words, “I,” “he,” or “she” means “-us.” : )

(Or you can avoid the whole issue, and just say “alum” for short!)

(And yes, I know that TECHNICALLY, a female grad is an alumna, and the plural of that is alumnae. But I’m being radical and non-sexist, and my guess is that the female terms are on their way out to make way for a gender-neutral set of terms. Yes, I’m making a stand here….)

Note: No one wants a grammar lesson on Boxing Day, so the next post will be on January 2! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Could/Couldn’t Care Less

This takes just one good kick in the brain to get this forever. Sometimes we erroneously say, “I could care less” when we really mean, “I couldn’t care less.”

If I couldn’t care less, it means that I care as little as it is possible to care. In other words, we really don’t care at all.

If we say, “I could care less,” it means that we could possibly care less. That means we care a little about a situation all the way up to caring a lot about it. That’s not what we usually mean.

So, really, we almost never mean, “we could care less.” So let’s make sure we say, “I couldn’t care less” instead.

Some of you couldn’t care less about this, but I could care less!