Author: Brandie Bohney

Help Handicap Children

While browsing Pinterest, I found the sign accompanying this week’s column. I feel certain that the creators of this sign meant it to read, “Help Handicapped Children.” Surely there isn’t a group with the...

Watching what you –ate

I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend lately in certain words. Strangely, the words in question are all similar in construction: they begin with con, and the irritating versions (two of which aren’t even real...

It doesn’t take a raging feminist

When I was in college, my own grammar guru used a grammar test in all of her classes. You had to pass the test at some point during the semester, or you failed the...

A tribute to Elvis

GRAMMAR There are plenty of iconic Elvis Presley phrases, but none greater, I think, than his classic, “Thank you.  Thank you very much.” If you’re of a certain age, you can’t read that line...

Eliminating redundancy altogether

GRAMMAR By Brandie Bohney Today’s topic is redundancy. In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept of redundancy, it is basically the needless repetition of similar words or concepts. It’s important to be aware of...

CHS boys choir rallies to continue

By Brandie Bohney editorial@youarecurrent.com Greyhound Sound is the Carmel High School boys choir. Director Lamonte Kuskye has always made the extracurricular club available during first semester to any boys interested in singing. But with...

Modifiers everywhere

GRAMMAR By Brandie Bohney I’ve had a few experiences recently with misplaced or dangling modifiers. I’ve covered modifier placement before, but misplaced and dangling modifiers never cease to provide hilarious fodder for columns. Recently...

Really tricky plurals

Have you seen that car commercial where the salesman opens the trunk of the car and there’s a whole happy little world in it?  The one where the guy wanting to purchase the car...

Is that really necessary?

I recently got an email from a faithful reader up in Noblesville who has a question about the use of that between independent clauses. He didn’t ask in so many words, but that was...

Intention versus expression

I’m not a fan, in general, of intensifiers such as quite, really, or rather.  In written work, they almost always function in the opposite way: rather than intensifying the adjective, they diminish it. For...