Janice Hall Heck

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G is for Great Gobs of Gramma’s Grammar Goodies and Goofs

a-to-z-letters-2013Today is G-Day in the A to Z Challenge. So how about some grammar?

I admit it. I love grammar.

Ever since the third or fourth grade when we had to do those error hunts in our English book, I have loved grammar. Of course, those error hunts are considered so out-of-date now. Even so, some schools persist in this textbook approach.

My daughter knows of my love for grammar and when the grandkids get stuck on their traditional grammar assignments, she calls me to help work through the problems. She knows that Granny Jan knows the answer!

Good Posts on Grammar

I keep a look-out for good posts on grammar. Here are a few of the best I have read or viewed recently.

Writing Techniques

1. Metaphors. Catherine Johnson posts an excellent video of ancient Chinese poems set to music with exquisite background scenery. Scroll down to see the video. It’s 14 minutes long, but well worth watching.

2. Writing for the Web. “What Hemingway Can Teach You About Web Writing” by Robert Bruce.


1. Edit, edit, edit. “Edit the Blasted Book” by Grace @mosaicmoments.blogspot.com

2. “Change Tense to Highlight Weak Verbs” by Tim Kane.

3.  Change -ly adverbs into active verbs. “Adverbly yours” by Julie Bird.

4. Use commas correctly. “The Comma from Which My Heart Hangs” by Benjamin Samuel.

Common Errors

1. Common errors and grammar Nazis. This 14-year-old blogger has something to say! By Amanda @quirkyblogger.

2. Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly . Visual by CopyBlogger and Blue Grass.

3. Common errors. Victoria Grefer’s pet grammar peeves.

Instruction in Grammar

1. Don’t do it like this.  “G is for Grammar Lesson” poem posted by Scott Thorbury. Use this poem in your English class.

2. Watch the prepositions. “Grammar Student Wrestles Bear” by Sharon Doyle.

happy-lol-cat-grammarThe Last Meow

Cats have their own grammar, too. Here’s an example: I haz…a happee.

Read about Official Cat Grammar Rules by Anil Dash. You, too, can be a copycat.

But, of course, Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) has to have the last word. If it’s not his idea, he doesn’t like it.grumpy cat despises cat grammar speak

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24 thoughts on “G is for Great Gobs of Gramma’s Grammar Goodies and Goofs

  1. This post was very helpful, thank you! A good grammar refresher never hurts.

    I used to love the “error hunt”. Our teacher would write a few sentences on the board every morning and we had to find the 3 or 4 errors in each sentence. As a result, I became remarkably good at proofreading and now I’m the go-to proofreader when we send out proposals or reports at work. If only proofreading my own work was as easy as proofreading for others!

    • I’m glad you like those error hunts, too. Good teachers still use them now and then, although current educational thinking opposes them. It’s sad, too, because some students really do like grammar and like to know how words fit together. Grammar knowledge brings power to writing. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Catherine Johnson on said:

    Thanks so much for the plug, Janice. What a great list that is to bookmark, thanks.

    • My pleasure. I enjoy your Metaphor Mondays. They help me think of surprising ways to say things. And I loved that video on Chinese poetry. I lived in Hong Kong for seven years, and I had the opportunity to travel a bit in China. I’d love to go back again.

  3. This is fantastic, Janice. I love grammar, but unlike you, I’m no word-whiz-kid, so it’s essential to keep learning in the hope that one day it will stick 😀
    This fine collection is definitely a keeper.

    • I have loved grammar since I was in the fourth grade. I could never understand why other kids didn’t like it. Nerdy me, I guess. My goal is to write posts that make grammar easier to understand and more entertaining. Thanks for your comment, Barbara.

  4. Grumpy Cat! He pretty much sums up my feelings on grammar. I’ve struggled with it my entire life, but recently I’ve been trying a little harder to grab onto the rules. 🙂

  5. I never really learned “the rules” but can generally tell when something’s done wrong. It’s only a problem when I have to edit someone else’s work, and I end up saying “fix that, cuz it’s a dangling something-or-other”.
    Nice post…

    • Hi Liv…Lots of times the “sounds funny” approach works, and that’s all you need. We know something is a bit off, so we know we need to fix it. Ours ears are well-trained. I plan to do a post on misplaced and dangling modifiers. I think I can explain it best with a number of examples.

  6. You’ve got it nailed with the pics of the cats Janice! I must visit the other blogs you suggest.

    • Glad you like the kitties. I love them. You did know that, right?

      • Yes I picked up that we share a love of cats/kitties. 🙂 Do you do the cheeseburger pics yourself? I had fun making my one and only cheeseburger kitty…

      • I haven’t done any of the cheeseburger pics yet. Gonna do that one day.

      • There’s a cheezeburger website where they have pictures of cats and an app that lets you write whatever you want with a range of different text. It would suit your blog perfectly…I’ve made one. The link…? sorry – try googling cheezeburger cats or something like that. 🙂

      • I have seen the cheeseburger site, but I’ll google it again. Grumpy Cat has a similar site that I found once. I want to find that one again, too. Too many things to do! Thanks for your comment.

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  8. Reblogged this on little box of books and commented:
    So many places, so little time. This blog condenses some of them for you.

  9. This is pretty darn good stuff, there, Grandma Jan! Ok..I’ll go put myself in the corner!! Thank you for all these links! Amazingly useful tools.
    I am thankful for the A to Z Challenge, as it allowed me to meet so many cool people and their sites. You are one of them!

    • It found this comment hidden on my Dashboard page. Sorry to have not noticed it before.
      Glad you could find something on Gramma’s Grammar list! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Okay, you can come out of the corner now. A to Z has been good for me, too. Itgot me back into blogging, and now I think it is almost a habit. See you at littleboxofbooks.

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