grammaticism (ɡrəˈmætɪsɪzəm)

grammaticism (ɡrəˈmætɪsɪzəm)
(Grammar) a grammatical point

grammaticism.” Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014. 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014. HarperCollins Publishers 1 Sep. 2016




Grammar tips from The Oatmeal


The Oatmeal has some great comical grammar posts to help you remember how to use a semicolon, the proper use of the word “literally” and more. They are so useful that I bought the set and put them up on the walls of the Toronto Star’s training room. 


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Word Traffic Court

Alphabet Story

“How does this sound? I read aloud my newest blog entry to my husband.  “I know the syntax isn’t exactly correct.”

“That’s so,” he said.  “Sounds a little off.”

“Hey, I’m using poetic license,” I said in my defense.

“Ah, if that’s the case, I think they should take away your license.”

As I  edit my latest work in progress, ( patting myself on the back at reaching close to 50,000 words) it looms large about how much poetic license I can take and yet adhere to the rules I learned so long ago. (The decade being the ’50s when learning to diagram sentences was a requirement)   I made an A in grammar, by the way, but  does being a stickler about all that make for interesting writing? I am leaning toward the view that although correct use of syntax is important, it is not  necessary to adhere in all…

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Grammaticism defined

gram·mat·i·cism [gruh-mat-uh-siz-uhm] Show IPA
noun Rare.
a point or principle of grammar.
a grammatical definition.
1600–10; grammatic(al) + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.


First Post

Let’s understate the import of this blog by asking one question: What is grammar? Simply and redundantly put – grammar is how language works.

One simplistic rule of thumb I like to use: Are your ducks in a row? If they are, then, presumably, logic is at work. At least some sort of logic.

ducks n a row