Get it Write!

Apostrophe(And a kitten dies every time someone uses “there” for “their.”)

     “My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.” ~A.A. Milne

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.” ~Baltasar Gracián

               “The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.” ~Michel de Montaigne

“And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before–and thus was the Empire forged.” ~Douglas Adams

“This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.” ~Winston S. Churchill

“Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean ‘More people died,’ don’t say, ‘Mortality rose.’” ~C.S. Lewis

“The past is always tense, the future perfect.” ~Zadie Smith

“’Punctuation is the only thing that separates us from the lower animals!’ I said, sarcasm phaser set on stun. ‘Good point,’ she replied. ‘My dog still can’t use a semi-colon.’” Tutoring the Tutor

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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24 Responses to Get it Write!

  1. I think I may have killed a few puppies 😦

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  2. I love the last quote! So hilarious. I’m sure my Labradoodle couldn’t care less about semi-colons. I hate to admit it, but I’m one of those crazy people who love grammar. I took a college grammar class just for fun even though I didn’t need the credits. Suffice to say, I gloried in diagramming sentences. :-\ Neverthless, I still get stuff wrong–mostly when I am tired or in a hurry. It takes time to edit one’s work. Love this post. You write such variety and you make it all interesting.

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  3. Edward Sosa says:

    Lol. I’d like to add one…

    “I hesitate to call myself writer (at least until I’m certain when to use a comma, a semi-colon; or an em—dash)” ~ Edward Sosa

    It never hurts to learn to laugh at ourselves. 🤓

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Haha!!! That’s hilarious!!! Most of all for someone who tries to make everything perfect and could get crazy about some typos although knowing how it should be… lol!

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  5. Mitch, you know I just love your take on life! I’ve nominated you for the Unique Blogger Award because you do have such a unique voice in the blogging world. If you choose to accept, you can find the details at https://reclaiminghope.blog/2017/10/26/the-unique-blogger-award/
    If not, please accept my thanks for brightening my day with your storytelling!

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  6. Mitch, how could you? You take all my writing skills and then go turn them into one of your brilliant posts. I just hope you can sleep at night. 😀

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  7. dawnlizjones says:

    Reblogged this on INSPIRATION with an ATTITUDE and commented:
    Thanks, Mitch! I’m not so great at proff-reeding, either….

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  8. dawnlizjones says:

    Amazing how much of Star Trek as become vernacular in our culture. And then there’s Douglas Adams….now where’s my towel???

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  9. Invisibly Me says:

    Incorrect use of “there” and “their” really wind me up, too! This post made me chuckle, love it 🙂

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  10. Roos Ruse says:

    Great quotes, Mitch. Your v you’re is hardly worth mentioning… Isn’t it a fine world when grammar is our greatest contention?

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  11. Ann Coleman says:

    I loved all of these! My personal pet peeve is the apostrophe for plural, so I haven’t killed any puppies (yet). But I could really relate to the definition of the synonym. Whenever I can’t figure out how to spell the word I really wanted to use, I just rephrase the sentence so that words I actually do know how to spell will work.

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  12. E says:

    I’m so guilty!!

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  13. alexankarr1 says:

    Dammit, the first one. Yes. I honestly can’t make myself concentrate on anything you have to say if you can’t be bothered to punctuate properly.

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  14. William Hill says:

    Love it! I was introduced to ee cummings, who had great distain for spelling, punctuation, and other grammatical rules by a teacher who said, “So long as you, the author, get your message across to the reader, what does it matter?” Have to admit, in my own writings, I sometimes channel cummings; often when I go to correct a post before publishing, I see my errors and just say, “What’s it matter?” and hit the key!

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  15. That two animals may die if too many people go to the apostrophe is so sad.

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  16. cat9984 says:

    Re Sr. Gracian – They always told us to look up the spelling in the dictionary. That only works if you’re close to start with. I went with his idea.

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