The Grammar Belle

Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time

At least I’m consistent.

Hey, y’all!

A college friend with whom I’ve reconnected via Facebook wrote to me recently, “Just by looking at your Facebook statuses, I can tell you love sports, alcohol, and your children.” Yep. That about sums me up.

You, my dear readers, know I also love spreading the gospel of good grammar, proper punctuation, and superb spelling.

In today’s quick post (I’m still jet lagged from my Paris vacation), I’ll combine two of my favorite things: sports and spelling.

It’s NHL playoff time. My Dallas Stars aren’t playing, but that doesn’t stop me from following along and fervently hoping that the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. Last night, I enjoyed the game between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The longer I watched, the more concerned I got about the name of that storied Canadian team . . .


Leafs? Leafs and not Leaves? Hmmmmm. I fought through the jet lag and the Mother’s Day wine and it finally hit me. Their proper name is the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club. When you make a plural of a proper name, you don’t change the original spelling of it; you only add s or es. Remember that Mr. and Mrs. Wolf are the Wolfs and Ms. Fairchild and her children are the Fairchilds, not the Fairchildren.

Glad we could solve that sports mystery.

For the record, I was rooting last night for the Bruins. I must admit it’s simply because I collect sports logos with the letter B and theirs is one of my favorites.


Go, Hawks!



LogoChlDallasBlackHawksWhen I was a girl, before the Stars came to town (and before hockey became a “thing” down here in Texas), we had the Dallas Black Hawks. After attending one of their games and enjoying too many treats, I went on a 20-year ballpark nacho hiatus. There’s a little hockey/TGB trivia for y’all.

12 comments on “At least I’m consistent.

  1. julie@sowsewso
    May 13, 2013

    I’m so glad you cleared up the Toronto Maple Leafs mystery for me.

    • The Grammar Belle
      May 13, 2013

      They oughta teach this lesson in Canadian schools, dontcha think?

      • julie@sowsewso
        May 13, 2013

        I do! And I think you should have a section of your blog devoted to Canadian content.

  2. outlawmama
    May 13, 2013

    Go hawks!!!! Welcome home.

  3. fransiweinstein
    May 13, 2013

    Bet you never thought you’d meet a Canadian who doesn’t like hockey, right? Well, now you know one. I am probably the only person in this entire country who couldn’t care less. Oops! Did I just say that?

    • The Grammar Belle
      May 13, 2013

      Fransi! Will they take away your citizenship for writing that??!! If so, you always have a place to run away to in Texas! 😉

      • fransiweinstein
        May 13, 2013

        Oh I am sure they would! Thanks. I may show up one day.

  4. mamarific
    May 14, 2013

    This is very interesting! It had never even occurred to me why the Maple Leafs are not “Leaves.” But this is why you are the Grammar Belle, and I am not!

    • The Grammar Belle
      May 14, 2013

      Actually, it’s why I’m a constantly tortured soul . . . can’t turn it off! 😉

  5. Sarah
    May 20, 2013

    So who to do you change Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix? The Hendrixes, the Hendrixs, or just leave it as The Hendrix (someone told me this once)?

    • The Grammar Belle
      May 20, 2013

      The Hendrixes. Just as if your last name were a common noun such as “Box” or “Fox.” Someone lied to you once. 😉

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