Patented TheaRants®

As many of you already know, I am passionate about writing and grammar, to the point where I am admittedly a Grammar Nazi. This section is going to be a collection of my pet peeves. I hope it serves some purpose other than venting my gripes to like-minded people… Anyhow, thanks for reading!

Worst. Paragraph. Ever. – The excessive use of the conjunction “and” with lots of commas and similar sentence structures makes for really boring paragraphs.

Lay It to Rest – How to properly use “lie” = to recline, “lay” = to set down or spread, and “lie” = to tell an untruth.

Dangling Modifiers – What are they, anyway? Why are they dangling? And what are we to do with them?


This pretty much sums it up:

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  1. Mamahub

     /  2012/06/05

    Cute title! I can’t wait to read one! Probably about grammar and punctuation, I would speculate?

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  2. Sile

     /  2012/09/19

    Never got why people use that “affect is a verb, effect a noun” rule-of-thumb, for affect also can be used as noun (display of emotion, where the word affectionate comes from), and effect also can be used as verb, meaning ‘to cause’, ‘to bring about’ or ‘to achieve’. Admittedly, they’re not commonly used right, but that doesn’t make every case of effect as verb (or affect as noun) wrong.

    Do agree with the other points on that list, though, and the rant itself was well-written.

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    • You’re right — in special cases, like when describing the “mask affect” of a Parkinson’s patient, “affect” can be a noun; and “effect” can be used as a verb, as in “he effected a change in the bureaucracy”; but the rule works for the majority of the time, which is when most of the errors occur.

      Thanks! 😉

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  3. A friend of mine had a column ion her fanzine of RANTS by a contributer and I mentioned to her that RANTS seemed ‘part of the problem.’ I thought critical thinking should’ve been on a ‘higher plain.’ Or ‘higher plane’ if they are flying. I also always used to think that an effect was anything that was _caused_.

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    • Hi there! “higher plane” LOL!! You’re right — the original form of “effect” was a noun, as in “The medication had the desired effect.”

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  4. Emily

     /  2013/12/03

    Yay, I am so glad to have found a fellow grammar Nazi! The amount of times I hear people say things like “I done it” and “they was here” is unbelievable! -_- These rants are really informative and funny at the same time! I particularly love the ‘Dangling modifiers’ one, embellished with POI photos 😉

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    • Why, thank you very much! One of my biggest pet peeves is “I seen him do it” instead of “I saw him” or “I have seen him” — probably because the “have” has been abbreviated to “I’ve” and then completely dropped. Argh!
      But I’m so glad to meet another fellow Grammar Nazi! 😀

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