1. Ever wonder why the plural of ‘mouse’ is ‘mice’? Blame umlaut.


  3. It’s grammar quiz time. Which of the following uses of myself are acceptable?

    1. "You seem like a better version of myself."

    2. "I just want to be myself."

    3. "I haven’t seen any myself."

    4. "I myself haven’t seen any."

    5. "Myself, I haven’t seen any."

    6. "You would even say that to me myself?"

    7. "There are two others here besides myself."

    8. "He asked William and myself to do it."

    9. "He was a man as big as myself."

    10. "Myself, as director here, will cut the ribbon."

    11. "William and myself will be there."

    12. "Myself and William will be there."

    13. "I asked myself what I could do."

    14. "I directed all inquiries to myself."

    The answers?

    Not so simple.


  4. Apostrophes do have one consistent function: The grammar griper brigade like to use them as the tips on their cats-o-nine-tails. Theyre excellent tools for condescension.

  5. 9 famous quotes that are (technically) grammatically incorrect

    To boldly go where no man has gone before.

    What’s “wrong”? It’s a “split infinitive,” with boldly improperly between to and go. 

    Is it really wrong? No. The “rule” against split infinitives is just a grammatical superstition. It was invented in the 1700s by a grammarian who wanted to “improve” the language along Latin lines. English, however, is not Latin, and the option of putting words between to and the verb root has always existed and has often been made use of by respected authors. There are times when a sentence works better if you don’t do it, sure; that doesn’t make it a rule, and the Star Trek line is not one of those times, either. “Boldly to go”? “To go boldly”? No.

    See more examples here.


  6. 14 wonderful words with no English equivalent

    Koi No Yokan (Japanese) — The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.

    Zeg (Georgian) — It means “the day after tomorrow.” Seriously, why don’t we have a word for that in English?

    Rhwe (Tsonga, South Africa) — College kids, relax. There’s actually a word for “to sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked.”

    More words…

    (Source: theweek.com)


  7. The exclamation comma and the question comma: Now you can be excited or inquisitive without having to end a sentence!