Category: Grammar Guy

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Column: ‘Flout’ or ‘flaunt?’

Here’s a question for you: When you’re late to work, and you’re flying down the road 15 miles an hour over the speed limit, are you “flouting” the law, or “flaunting” it? The issue...

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Column: ‘Bereft’ or ‘bereaved?’

I heard something on the national news this week that sent me on a confusing journey of grammatical discovery. I’ll confess to not knowing the exact context of the statement, because there were a...

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Column: No lolling about with grammar

Question: “Hi, Grammar Guy. I read your reports on the Southside Times, which covers the south side communities of Indianapolis. Ever since I found them, I make-a-point to check out your comments every week....

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Column: ‘Marinate’ and ‘marinade’

QUESTION: “Dear Grammar Guy, is there a difference between ‘marinate’ and ‘marinade?’ I was flipping through a cook book the other day and the author seemed to be a real stickler for those two...

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Column: Taking grammar to heart

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, has everyone totally forgot what they learned in grade school about ‘bring’ and ‘take?’ I have heard many examples lately from college educated(?) folks misusing these words. Here’s an example: ‘I have...

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Column: Grammar double feature

Question: “Dear Mr. Fischer, I have a friend that uses the words ‘so’ and ‘for’ interchangeably. For example, instead of saying, ‘Let’s put our shoes on, so we can go outside,’ she will say,...