Sunday, September 26, 2010


When it comes to grammar, I'm a conservative revolutionary. That is to say, I prefer to keep rules as they are unless they don't make logical sense, in which cases the rules need be reformed.

I'm wondering if I'm egotistical enough to write a guide for my version of English grammar.

I just may be.


  1. please start with "i" before "e" except after "c"...

  2. There's one "rule" that I consistently and deliberately break (though I suppose it's more a punctuation rule than a grammar one).

    There, see, I just did it. I put the period after the closing parenthesis (and I do the same with quotes).

    To me, a period (also known as a "full stop") is the final terminating mark of a sentence, and a parenthetical (or a quote, in most cases) is a sub-phrase of the sentence, and should be included in its entirety (parenthesis and all) within the sentence, before the terminating period.

    (Of course, there are exceptions. Sometimes, for example, a parenthetical will contain multiple sentences. In those cases, it seems more logical to me to include the period of the final sentence within the parenthesis.)

  3. i am also tired of the serial comma before "and". i knew when one of my professors brought out that old saw on my thesis, we had descended into "and that's the best criticism you can come up with it..."

  4. Hmm.. I actually like the comma before "and", because it separates the final two items in the list better than the "and" by itself does.

    Example: I like ice cream, cheesecake, cookies and pudding.

    Does that mean the cookies and pudding go together (as a single dessert item)?

    In my mind this is more clear: I like ice cream, cheesecake, cookies, and pudding.