Saturday, 2 April 2011


I have just come across a fabulous resource for anyone who wants the answer to tricky grammar questions or anything to do with what's "right" or "wrong" in our language usage - not just grammar but word usage, too. It's the Grammarphobia blog.

Annoyingly, I sent off the final final final proofs for Write to be Published last night, but I'm going to email Emma at Snowbooks and see if there's time to squeeze it into the resource list at the back. Bet she says yes. She has so far never said no to me but perhaps that's because I haven't  asked for a champagne launch. *makes note on to-do list*

The blog has some good book suggestions here.  And the section on grammar myths indicates a healthy respect for good grammar and yet a willingness to move with the times. For those of you who think that since the authors are American they must write American and not British English: fair enough, but anyone who, as I have, has been edited by American editors, knows that when they know their stuff they know their stuff. They also use the OED as their guide, so they must be good.

Now, off to email my editor to see if we can squeeze it in.


catdownunder said...

Oh and I have been putting all my faith in Leech and Svartvik (A communicative grammar of English) and my big Oxford Grammar for years now.
Grammarphobia looks as if it is worth an intensive prowl through.

Colette Martin said...

What a great site! Thanks for turning me onto it!

Sarah said...

Definitely worth bookmarking, thank you.

Fran Hill said...

I'm up for a bit of grammar any time of the day or night.

Scooter Carlyle said...

My grammar isn't too bad, but I feel like it's holding me back. I freeze when I try to phrase a thought in a different way. Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this link. I wasn't aware of this site. I'll be sure to pass it along.