Balm for the Word Nerd’s Soul


While I was engrossed in celebrating World Read Aloud Day 2015, I totally missed another equally important literary event! National Grammar Day 2015 came and went on the fourth of March, and I missed the whole affair.

I know! Bummer!

Well, all is not lost. The nice people at Grammarly created a fun quiz and invited bloggers to share it around.

Why not? It’s never too late to brush up the fundamentals! See how you fare:
Grammarly Grammar Nerd Quiz Feature Image

Curious about my score? Check the comments and feel free to share yours!

For Word Nerds Only

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 8.46.24 pmEven Grammar Nazis can make misteaks mistakes. That’s why it’s good to have a couple web tools up your sleeve.

Grammarly is a web tool that checks my writing for spelling and grammar mistakes. All I do is upload or cut-n-paste my writing to the editor app, and Grammarly does the rest. You can try it out for free; after that there’s a yearly subscription. It’s my go-to tool for a final spit-shine on my writing and has saved me many cringes over silly typos. When I skip the Grammarly check, I almost always regret it.

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 8.19.59 pmOkay, personal disclosure warning: I’m about to reveal the extent of my nerdiness: I not only listen to podcasts about grammar, but I also enjoy them! My favourite is Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing podcast. She also has:

Writers and Fellow Word Nerds, here are two links worth saving: Grammar Girl’s Editing Checklist and Ten Grammar Myths Exposed (a blog post).

Not to fear: I’ve already added National Grammar Day to my 2016 planner. Next year, we’ll celebrate properly! In the meantime, every day is Grammar Day on my Pinterest board called Word Nerd. Check it out!

Creative Commons Image Credit: Jess Pac

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2 responses to “Balm for the Word Nerd’s Soul”

  1. My score was “Grammar Pedant,” which I think is a little unfair. I am finicky about things like apostrophes and incorrectly used homophones, but I keep it to myself. I don’t *think* I’m annoying to my family and friends. And besides, as I’ve already confessed, I make mistakes, and I know it. I don’t pretend to be perfect; in fact, if I know anything, I know I need someone else to check my work because I can’t see my own typos. When you write thousands of words a day like I do, there’s no way every one of them is going to be flawless!

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  2. Thanks for sharing Ali. I’m into punctuation at the moment.

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