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2 years ago

International Etiquette Tips: What to Know Before You Eat

Bryan Dunst Β· One of the best parts about traveling is diving into a new culture and learning about the people and traditions specific to the region. An easy way to do this is through food. Meals connect us as humans and provide us with a common ground to bond, make new friends, and learn abou ...

4 years ago

Well, enough about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess Β· Hey, listen! Listen.Β  Β· Listen to the silence.Β  Β· Listen to the noise.Β  Β· Listen to the birds chirp, the clock tick, the babies giggle, and the wind blow. Β· Oh! You can’t hear those sounds? Why not? Are you too busy talking? Β· How many times do we stop our own voice and listen to ...

4 years ago

Wednesday Words & Woes: One Real (But Not Accepted) and Two Not Even Real

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Questions arise constantly about words -- which to use, which to never use, and why. · In my Brush Up on Your American Grammar workshops, I refer to some words as not accepted or not standard, meaning they are in dictionaries but are not considered proper English (at least not y ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Marten -- More

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Who hasn't written the wrong word, thinking one (won) that sounded like it was the right (rite) one? Learning English, with its (it's) homophones (words that sound alike or nearly so) can be (bee) really tough. This Tuesday Tricksters series is intended to (too, two) remind us al ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Mantel-Martial

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · And the words just keep coming, don't they? I doubt we'll ever run out of them, even if their power and/or trendiness change over time. · What doesn't change is writers everywhere using one (won) word when (wen) they might (mite) have (halve) meant another. The words that are the ...

4 years ago

A Frolicking Friday Funday!

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · I so need this Friday Funday! How about you? Was your week tougher than you'd hoped for? I know mine was (too much family drama). · So, let's all take a deep breath, be happy it's Friday, and maybe laugh a little at the pictures below. · Gotta love the amazing humor below, right? ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Main -- Manor

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's Tuesday, so it's time for more tricksters, words known as homophones that sound the same (or nearly so), but have different spellings and meanings. They're miserable to work with because if our brains and eyes are not connected to our fingers, our ears may win the battle of ...

4 years ago

American Grammar Checkup: More on Hyphens

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's amazing that anyone can come up with post after post on one of the smaller punctuation marks, isn't it? But given that I value clarity in my speech and writing, I continue to hope that others will see the WHY of using this little mark -- the hyphen -- and take a little more ...

4 years ago

Friday Fundays Continue!

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · I started these two years ago as a way to use some of the funny pictures and memes on language goofs, puns, and assorted other funnies. · It appears that most of my colleagues enjoy these, so here we go again! · One of these birds is not like the others . . .  · Talk about a grea ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Loot -- Male

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · So it's Tuesday again, and time for another edition of Tuesday Tricksters, words (homophones) that sound like at least one other word (or nearly so), but have different spellings and meanings. They can crop up in any writer's articles, so I just hope everyone continues to remembe ...

4 years ago

American Grammar Checkup: Pronouns -- Yes, Again

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Everyone who has seen my posts over the last two years knows I'm a nut about using language correctly, especially using pronouns correctly! · There is just so much misinformation being bandied about that I thought it was time to again remind my connections about a couple of impor ...

4 years ago

FIRST Friday Funday of 2017!

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's FRIDAY! It's another FUNDAY!  · And yes, sometimes this IS how it feels to wake up · in the morning. · Especially now that it's winter.  · And it's cold outside. It's actually snowing. · And it's cold inside. No, it's not snowing inside. · From a post by Ken Boddie (https:/ ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters, Loath -- Luce

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Well, we all made it through 2016, enjoyed our holidays, and are mostly back at work for the first time in 2017. · So with that in mind, I am continuing to post Tuesday Tricksters, mainly to remind my readers of the danger of blindly trusting spellcheck. Spellcheck's only job is ...

4 years ago

Wednesday Words: Who and Whom

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · From what I've seen over the 20+ years I've been helping business professionals (re)learn the finer points of American grammar, very few folks know how to use who and whom. · Seriously. You probably do not. So I thought I'd see if a post on just these two words might help. · Dire ...

4 years ago

Thursday Thought: The Gift of "Enough"

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · I saw this picture on Loribeth Pierson's final post of her excellent series called 12 Days of LinkedIn Tips -- and I was struck by how it so closely mirrors how I grew up and how I live now. · I am among the luckiest of people, having been born to a mother who might have gotten t ...

4 years ago

Wednesday Words: Yiddish for Everyone!

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · As I was researching some sites for fun stuff for Christmas and Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah), I saw a list of Yiddish words and just had to use it. · This is a list -- I doubt it's an exhaustive list -- of commonly used Yiddish terms and phrases. I grew up hearing a lot of th ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Tricksters -- Links -- Lone

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's near the end of 2016, and I started sharing homophones (those nasty words that sound alike -- or nearly so) back in April 2015. I decided then to publish them in alphabetical order; otherwise, I'd go nuts trying to remember which ones I had worked on. I offer no more than fi ...

4 years ago

A Friday Fa la la la Funday for Fido!

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Because I have so many funny pictures of all kinds for both Christmas and Hannukah, I'll be publishing three separate funday posts: today, next Wednesday (Wednesday Words), and next Friday. I sure hope you enjoy them all! · A friend of mine, John McCaul, is famous at this time of ...

4 years ago

Wednesday Words: Contronyms

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · Thanks to Deb Helfrich for suggesting this post! And Deb, I did think of a sentence for "screen." · For all who think words don't matter -- that's not YOU, right? -- I offer some proof that they do using a few words taken from an article I recently shared that you might not have ...

4 years ago

Tuesday Trickesters: Licker -- Limn

Susan 🐝 Rooks, The Grammar Goddess · It's Tuesday again! Time for more difficult words -- homophones -- that we all need to pay attention to! They're the ones that sound the same (or nearly so), but are spelled differently and have different meanings. · Licker (n.): one who licks · Liquor (n.): an alcoholic beverage ...

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