|Are they just jerking your chain?|
We all know that the right words can make the message memorable, whereas the wrong words can make the message memorable too, but for all the wrong reasons.
You could say that the holy trinity of good writing is spelling, punctuation and grammar. Or is it 'one could say'? And then, of course, there's the issue of context - as the image opposite illustrates.*
I sometimes struggle with grammar for several reasons:
1. It wasn't taught at school.
2. Strunk & White will only get you so far.
3. British English and American English are as alike as two essentially similar, but somewhat different peas in proximal pods. (And there's a reason why that particular expression never caught on.)
When it comes to subtle nuances of American English I can often rely on Monika Spykerman, but she isn't always available and refuses to keep UK hours online. So I was intrigued when the folks at Grammarly approached me to test their online product.
It checks for both American English and British English, so here's their evaluation for this post.
* Available for t-shirts and affordable corporate motivational posters everywhere.