Category: Grammar Guy

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: A list of grammar peeves

Question: “Hi Jordan, I have a few pet peeves about frequent grammar errors I see and would love for you to clear them up for either me or the rest of the world. Here...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Verb-tense agreement with ‘none’

Question: “I heard this sentence on the news last night: ‘None of them were hurt.’ Isn’t that incorrect? I thought ‘none’ was always singular.” Answer: First, I’m glad no one was hurt in whatever...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: A jumping off point

Question: “Hi Jordan, Can you comment on “off of?” [As in] “I jumped off of the rock.” This is another favorite phrase.” (From Caroline Rosewell) Answer: Caroline: Happy to comment, and I appreciate the...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: The majestic gerund

As a grammar enthusiast, there’s nothing I like more than when English has clear, consistent rules. Confounding that, though, are my favorite parts of English: the gerund – verbs that decided to break all...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Metaphors vs. idioms

Question: “A friend said to me that he was ‘under the weather, metaphorically speaking.’ I didn’t want to correct him, since he was sick, but I don’t think that’s right. Was that a metaphor,...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Wake, waken, awake and awaken

I woke up this morning ready to tackle a thorny grammar issue – although maybe I wakened this morning. Unless I awoke. Perhaps I awakened? I came across this quandary last week. I’d be...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: In defense of ‘alright’

In a previous column, I wrote about how “alright” isn’t “all right.” Today, I thought we could visit some counterarguments. This is going to be fun. First, we’ll look at the history of “alright.”...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Throw your hat in the ring

I allowed myself to stray briefly into a political discussion this week, and an expression came up that I’ve used frequently without ever wondering about its origin. The idiom in question: to throw one’s...