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ur doin it wrong. and so am i.

i saw this infographic on common grammatical mistakes which writers should be careful not to make on their blogs. i'm pretty sure i've made all of them at one point or another, despite my criticisms of others' grammatical failings.

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

i do find that some of the rules here could be better explained: the difference between cumulative and coordinate adjectives is not immediately obvious from their examples. also, there's a much clearer way to illustrate when to use "me and "i", that an english-teaching friend of mine taught me; if you're unsure what to do, take the other person out of the sentence and see how it sounds. observe:

i like it when friends come over to visit dom and i/ me.
i like it when friends come over to visit i.
i like it when friends come over to visit me.

this is what they're saying in the infographic, but it's not abundantly clear. at least, to me it isn't. [note: that was actually a sentence fragment.]

i do strongly believe that it's important to know this kind of stuff [theses kinds of things?] and not to rely exclusively on spelling or grammar checks. neither of those tools is capable of discerning the subtleties of your writing and can inadvertently end up giving you terrible advice. for instance, there is nothing grammatically wrong with the following sentence:

the sun shone from his behind.

however, the above sentence does not mean "the sun shone from behind him".

likewise, there is nothing grammatically wrong with saying:

let's eat kids.

no grammar check will alert you that you're doing something wrong by writing that sentence. the police, however, may have something to say to you unless you protect yourself with a comma:

let's eat, kids.

hope that makes the consequences of trusting in your grammar check adequately clear.

i'm far from perfect and on this blog, i'm farther from perfect than usual. i don't always check things before i post them and it bugs me when i find unforgivably stupid mistakes, which i do, more often than i'd like to admit. sometimes, of course, i employ grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes for effect [witness the title of this post], but i like to think that i come off as intelligent enough most of the time that you all know i'm joking. if i'm wrong about that, perhaps you could keep it to yourself, as it's one of the central threads of my self-image.

to all of you fellow writers out there: english is kind of a bastard, but i do think it's worth trying to improve, even if you [like me] are never going to get it completely right. either that, or we should all just write in lolspeak from now on.


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i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

mental health mondays :: where even the depressed ones are happy

this past week saw the publication of the annual world happiness report, a look at nations around the world and how people in each of them feel about their lot in life. i started following this a few years ago, and this year it occurred to me that it would be fun to look at how the happy places compared to the crazy places. i mean, what if those countries aren't really all that happy, but just have an extremely high rate of psychotic/ delusional disorders?

so, i set to work putting together a comparison. as it happens, that's a bit trickier than it sounds, because information on any kind of disability is more difficult to come by than you might think. and no type of disability is more controversial than a mental illness, which means that there are even more complications around definitions, seeking treatment, prognoses, record-keeping... it's hard to tell how reliable anything you're looking at is. [not that there aren't some good sources.]

and what sources there …

making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…