Six years ago, New Dorp High School
on Staten Island, NY, had a 40% dropout rate, and more than 80% of freshmen were reading below grade level. In spring 2013, the school expects an 80% graduation rate. What happened? New Dorp decided to teach its students how to write. [more inside]
"Who knew people were so interested in commas?" Ben Yagoda has written three NYT pieces on correct comma usage: Fanfare for the Comma Man
, The Most Comma Mistakes
, and Some Comma Questions
Not Safe For Work writings by Chelesa G. Summers
are below the fold. [more inside]
Who killed the semicolon? Paul Collins
fingers a 19th-century culprit; Trevor Butterworth finds an American anitipathy
to this troublesome punctuation mark. [previously] [via]
The Grammar Curmudgeon
makes up for all of those snarky grammar comments we refrain from posting.
A Grammar Test -
How is your grammar? Are you proficient with the English language? Here is a little test of 34 questions to help you check yourself. Or, perhaps grammar doesn't trip your trigger. You may want to try the Punctuation and Capitalization
Punk-Tuation: Is It The New Anarchy Or Boring Old Fascism All Over Again?
serious about apostrophes are you? Just how far would you go for a perfect semi-colon? Do you regularly reach for heart pills before you read MetaFilter? Take comfort in this: Lynne Trusse's
wildly popular Eats Shoots And Leaves
is this year's
in Britain. And I've limited myself to the MeFi-adored Guardian
, just to make my (as it were) point. So... how important is punctuation to you? My own suspicion is that punctuation is the new spelling. It is
important. (And, lest this seem carefree and frivolous, let me confess right away that MetaFilter may well be the worst offender, in this regard, ever to have blessedly existed.
"Even a brilliant piece of writing will have difficulty finding a publisher if the author has neglected to dress his manuscript decently." 'The Chicago Manual of Style' enters the 21st century.
Calling all MeFi Schoolmarms! (Also: CSM New Questions & Answers)
"I was very lucky that she triped over my uncontios body beried under piles of ash..."
A saga of epic proportions: some moron living inside his "Morrowind" RPG computer game writes his gameplay out as a novel. Welcome to a capsule indictment of American education and the consequences of the new "American Way." Thank heavens we don't live in Morrowind, where most people can't "right nor reed
yo d00dz! hav u seen tihs?
"Two-thirds of the 18-24 year olds questioned do not worry about punctuation, grammar or style when writing messages. About 16% sign every e-mail with love and kisses, even when addressing their boss."
l8s, love wrighty XX