We Can All Use a Little Help


As you labor away, trying to come up with the perfect social media post that will be shared, liked, re-tweeted or just appropriated, do you ever feel like no one understands you? Does anybody really know what time it is . . . does anybody really care . . . about the Oxford comma or the singular “they?”

As it turns out, the answer is yes. There are kindred spirits out there who are as dedicated to good writing and the proper use of grammar as you are. Surprisingly, many of them have posted some of their best tips and techniques on Pinterest. Yes, the same Pinterest that is home to cupcakes, fashion trends, home makeovers and parenting suggestions.

One of the most notable pins is “30 Copy Editors Tell Us Their Pet Peeves.”

Items included on the list were:

  • Versus, not verse
  • Oxford comma or not, we’re all correct. Can’t we just get along?
  • “Due to” does not equal “because of”

Along with that piece, there are other useful (and humorous) topics, such as:

  • 250 Ways to Say “Went”
  • Know Your Dashes
  • 22 Rules of Storytelling
  • “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations,” — George Orwell

There are some strange, irrelevant pins included on this board, but make your way through the site and you’ll find some helpful tools and advice.

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