U of Minnesota has an article entitled “Humorous Reminders of Common WRiting Mistakes.”
Here are the first six:
Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
Never use no double negatives.
Use the semicolon properly, always where it is appropriate; and never where it is not.
Reserve the apostrophe for it’s proper use and omit it where it is not needed.
Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
No sentence fragments.
There are a total of 35. Â I have to confess that I don’t see the sentence without a verb very often.
It is difficult to learn a new language. I do not teach ESL and this video is actually about Spanish, but I thought it was a fun introduction to the idea of language learning.
With no further ado: “The One Month Spanish Language Love Song”
I found this very illuminating… and depressing. I haven’t even published yet, and this is a comic for grad students. But I’m getting there.
Go read the whole archive at
Very old joke. Now I know where it is from.
The author Mark Twain proposed in jest that the English word pronounced /fIS/ ought to be spelled
rather than , with pronounced /f/ as in rough, pronounced /I/ as in women, and pronounced /S/ as in nation. (8, 10)
Linguistics for Students of Asian and African Languages.
I’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating. Go to
Street Prophets for the full satire. For just a foretaste (and not of glory divine),
“…Blessed are the peacemakers.”
And Simon Peter said, “Do we have to write this stuff down?””
Teachers will howl or groan, I’m not sure which.
Inside Higher Ed has a spoof on plagiarism. Well, I assume it’s a spoof. As one of the commenters said, “It’s so close to the truth…”
Standler’s “Plagiarism in College in the USA” discusses plagiarism from a legal standpoint.
Thanks, Bryan, for the cartoon.
Another cartoon for English.
one. Very funny, but too violent normally.
is on Dilbert. Love that guy.
Update: Drats. Dilbert won’t let you go that far back anymore.