The Grammar Belle

Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time

What do you have to lose? (An “o,” perhaps, if you’re not a very good speller.)

Happy 2013, y’all! It should be a fun, lucky 13 kind of year. Well, except for the triskaidekaphobics among us.

Are you the kind of person who makes resolutions each January? Yours truly is planning the typical eat better, give up soft drinks, get back to exercising things. And I do have two large (can’t print them here for fear of jinxing them) goals for my 2013.

I certainly applaud y’all for trying to do what it takes to create a new you this new year. I am proud of you for declaring it’s time to:
• stop smoking
• take up a new hobby
• clean out your garage
• stop writing “your welcome”

Get on out there and tell the world about your big plans! Have your Facebook friends help keep you accountable! But for the love of sweet Baby New Year, please remember one thing:

My First PSA of 2013

My First PSA of 2013

You may, in fact, be hoping for LOOSER jeans. A LOOSE belt. LOOSE Spanx. (Do they exist?) And, after a couple of months of eating right and exercising, I certainly hope you’re a really big LOSER.

Are ya having trouble remembering the difference between the two? You know that old saying “loose as a goose.” When faced with deciding how to spell the word you need, remind yourself that the word that sounds like “goose” is also spelled like “goose.”

Good luck with your 2013 resolutions! If one of them is to help your friends and family with their grammar and punctuation, you can start by sending them a link to my blog.

Two dear friends have resolved to get back to blogging this year. Stop by and give ’em a read, won’t you?

Martha Werner is a high school friend of mine, a small-town principal, an all-around smart and funny gal, and the author of This Is 38.

Julie Petroski is the reason I am The Grammar Belle. She’s a very talented writer and creative director, a very loving friend, wife, and dog mom, and quite the Renaissance woman. Visit her blog Sew, Sow, So.

16 comments on “What do you have to lose? (An “o,” perhaps, if you’re not a very good speller.)

  1. juliepetroski
    January 3, 2013

    Loose Spanx?!? That would make some chicks lose their minds they’d be so happy.

  2. juliepetroski
    January 3, 2013

    PS: I am not the reason you are The Grammar Belle. You were The Grammar Belle before you started the blog, I just helped you to get your thoughts down so more than just your coworkers would benefit from your expertise.

    • The Grammar Belle
      January 3, 2013

      You don’t give yourself enough credit for being an amazing butt whupper!

  3. fransiweinstein
    January 3, 2013

    Loose Spanx? A dream come true, to be sure. But an oxymoron, no?? 🙂

  4. mamarific
    January 3, 2013

    Ooh, this is a good one! My biggest grammar pet peeve of all time! Thanks for covering it!

  5. Heather
    January 3, 2013

    Ooo! More blogs? I have been a lurker, and I am delighted to see that you will post more often. (My resolution was to stop being a lurker and participate more.)

  6. Aly
    January 3, 2013

    I hope to lose the holiday lbs so my pants will be loose again! 😂

  7. Martha Werner
    January 3, 2013

    Thanks for the shout out – I appreciate it!! Helps keep me accountable…. I love your blog!! And the whole plural vs. possessive? Ask my staff about that, I went off at a staff meeting all about it – drives me crazy!! Must be that good Ursuline education we received. 🙂

    • The Grammar Belle
      January 3, 2013

      Must be! Keep fighting the good fight, Mo. And keep up the blogging! 🙂

  8. ourmom
    January 3, 2013

    Good to see you back. I was beginning to think you were going to stay curled up, with a mug of that eggnog, until spring. The loose/lose thing just drives me up the wall.

    • The Grammar Belle
      January 4, 2013

      You know, Dave, I’m embarrassed to say that pre-made Bailey’s took the place of my homemade egg nog this year. The 2013 holidays need to get here soon . . . or maybe I’ll make some nog for July 4th! Hope y’all had a good one. Happy new year!

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