Category Archives: Grammarland

Grammarland: Apostrophe

Contrary to most of English, the apostrophe is a fairly easy lesson.  It only has two uses – just two – and they are 99% consistent.  Because it’s so easy you’d think that you would rarely see errors.  WRONG. I … Continue reading

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Grammarland: Affect, Effect, and Affectation

  Despite the best intentions of english teachers everywhere, affect vs. effect still ends up on almost every single common grammar mistake list out there.  I should know, I mix them up nearly every time. The fact is, most normal … Continue reading

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Grammarland – The Comma Splice

After some soul searching, erm I mean blog searching, I discovered that it’s been way too long since I’ve tackled a grammar subject here at My Literary Quest.  Today we learn about the dreaded comma splice. Earlier this year I … Continue reading

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Insubordinate little devils, um I mean Clauses

As much as I would love this to be a awesome short story about rebel Santas (insubordinate clauses, get it? Oh forget it.), we’ re actually diving into that dense and unforgivable jungle that is Grammarland. Today’s Topic: Subordinate Clauses … Continue reading

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Connotation vs. Denotation, or how to become your editor’s new BFF

I’ve made a liar out of myself already, promising a weekly post and then letting almost a month slip by without a word.  Fear not, in addition to growing a new human I’ve been working on projects that have needed … Continue reading

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The Subtle (and not so subtle) Art of the Euphemism

It’s been a while since we’ve journeyed to Grammarland, that mythical place where language usage rules and parts of speech mingle.  Today we shall tackle the euphemism, that funny phrase either used or invented that refers to something entirely different, … Continue reading

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Fun Friday: The Portmanteau

We’ve all heard them, a bizarre word that’s half one word half another but manages to capture the meaning of both.   Today we learn the proper name to call them – a portmanteau. These little gems sprung from the … Continue reading

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Isn’t it Ironic?

Ah irony . . . when mastered it delights any reader with it’s sarcastic twist.  It adds a certain depth and realism to characters that is hard to achieve any other way. Then why, I beg, is it so friggin … Continue reading

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Oxymorons are Among Us!

In light of having a very unrestful weekend (stomach flu, blech), I’m letting the wonderful web bring you a touch of humor. Oxymorons are figures of speech normally composed of a pair of neighboring contradictory words. These are often used … Continue reading

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Grammarland: A Lot, Alot, Allot, and Shallots

Let us return to the mythical oasis of Grammarland where the magic water of words flows in abundance.  Ladies and gentlemen, I confess, I have a bad habit of typing “alot” when I’m not paying attention. No, not a lot … Continue reading

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