The Grammar Belle

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Unruly: Rules That Really Aren’t

Hey, y’all!

True and not surprising confession: I’m a big rule follower. Always have been, likely always will be. I’ve gotten a bit more adventurous/rebellious about certain things in my 40s. But still, when the dance teacher said the students must wear pink tights and black leotards to class, you can imagine whose daughter was the only non-purple-sparkly-tutu wearer in the bunch.

Lately I’ve noticed (more than) a few folks on Facebook/Twitter/my local news blog/network television who ascribe to a certain set of rules. They’re incorrect rules, but somehow these folks use them each and every time (if incorrectly) in what they write. Bonus points for consistency . . . I guess.

So now, dear readers, I present to you the first installment in my new Unruly series.

Unruly No. 1:

If a word ends in a vowel, add an apostrophe + s to make it plural.

Unruly No. 2:

If a word ends in y, add an apostrophe + s to make it plural.

And now, here’s a two-for-one offender (name redacted to protect the innocent):

Cantina

Thank God for beer on Thursday’s Thursdays. Think I’ll go pour myself a Lone Star right about now.

Thanks for stopping by! Remember to send your friends, follow me by email, follow me on Twitter, and like me on Facebook. Please and thank you kindly.

Now, a preview of the next in the Unruly series that will likely freak more than a few of you out: it’s OK to end sentences in prepositions. Really.

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2 comments on “Unruly: Rules That Really Aren’t

  1. outlawmama
    September 27, 2013

    I hate those mistakes. And purple tutus in ballet class.

  2. julie@sowsewso
    October 6, 2013

    Another award for you: the Shine On Award, you know one of those awards that your fellow bloggers create and pass around like a chain letter. Anyway, you can read about it here: http://sowsewso.com/2013/10/05/so-proper-thank-you/

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This entry was posted on September 26, 2013 by in Don't Make Me Beg, Punctuation, Spelling and tagged , , .

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