Incurable Word Sleuth at the Bank

Posted by JoAnne French on January 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth at the Bank

There are three very common errors in the banking realm...perhaps not made by bank personnel themselves, but people in related services. These are what my son calls repetitive redundancies, illustrating the point with this ungrammatical description.

People may ask where the ATM machine is, or complain about its operation. Or, signs at convenience stores inform us the the ATM machine is inside.

Then at th...

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Incurable Word Sleuth at the Market

Posted by JoAnne French on January 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth at the Market

Shopping brings interesting things into the Word Sleuth’s collection of grammar goofs.One famous one seen often in shops and boutiques: We are the premiere source of...(you name it).  Wrong. My crutch on this: Premiere is fancier with its extra e, reminding me that dressing fancy is appropriate for a premiere...opening night or first showing of something.

Premier...no e at the end...is used for any o...

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Incurable Word Sleuth at the Restaurant

Posted by Kathleen Schubitz on December 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Incurable Word Sleuth at the Restaurant

It is probably this kind of experience which brewed the “incurable” part of my nickname...even restaurant menus do not escape my editing scrutiny. It is a habit shared with my late husband, Bill, who though...

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Waiting at the Chiropractor's Office

Posted by JoAnne French on November 21, 2011 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Always appreciated by me in waiting rooms...worthwhile reading other than old gossip magazines or professional journals. A sure bet on a recent trek to the chiropractor was one of the Chicken Soup books. Even in my very brief wait, a few unfortunate blips popped out of the pages.

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Grammar Lessons Never Forgotten

Posted by Kathleen Schubitz on November 13, 2011 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The I-T-S of confusing grammar renown
means two varied things, our teachers said.
With just its letters possession is shown.
It’s an apostrophe that means “it is” instead.

They say we learn by our mistakes. This lesson was a very memorable one for the Word Sleuth. In a high school English class, term papers were being returned and it was confusingly distressing for me to see so many red marks on the pages of my paper. Making 23 mistakes would be one thin...

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Introduction to a new author

Posted by Kathleen Schubitz on November 6, 2011 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

JoAnne French is RPJ & Company's second author for RPJ Legacy Books.

Her lifelong love of words began in toddler years for author JoAnne French, when she was taught to read and write by her older sisters. This was possibly the earliest blooming of the famed and revered home schooling expertise of one of her sisters, Dr. Ruth Beechick, who has prolific writing footsteps to follow.

Their shared family roots are among Far Country memories recalled by JoAnne...

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