Things that make us [sic]

Hmmm… It’s National Grammar Day in the States. As one who regularly offends the rules of decent grammar and syntax I should probably keep quiet about this, but I do try to avoid splitting infinitives (and put commas in the wrong places). For our pendants, try perfect [or is that prefect? – ed] Bill Walsh’s take on the grammar crimes of the US Presidential election campaign. Blue pencil has some top tips on the Who/Whom dilemma. This guy gets gerund: it’s more than just an -ing word. Pedants of the world, do your worst enjoy. The day is yours!! Meantime, I promise to do my best always to keep a clear line between my its and my it’s. And endeavour never to put my infinites asunder.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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