But It's Only A Facebook Post!

Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK
Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow

As a social media professional, and an ex-content editor for a major education website, I can't state enough the importance of spelling, grammar and s...

Stop Typing - Start Talking!

Lisa Palmer | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Palmer

Stop typing - start talking! Lots of people try to find their partner on dating apps, or online dating sites like Match - but often we write people o...

Shami Chakrabarti: A Grade-A Hypocrite

Anthony Blair | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anthony Blair

Shami Chakrabarti is a hypocrite for sending her kids to private school, and this left-wing hypocrisy over education will destroy the Labour party.

The Grammar School Debate Sounds Like It's Coming From A Gramophone

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

The Education Secretary said that she does not want a system that will be "going back to the past". It seems, however, that the debate is moored back there in The Get Down era.

Words Matter - SATs Don't

Kerry Barrett | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK
Kerry Barrett

"If you spell things wrongly and punctuate things incorrectly," my old university lecturer used to say, "people will think you are stupid, even if you...

Cameron Ducks Grammar Test For 10 Yr-Olds

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has refused to answer a grammar test faced by 11-year-olds - and in the process suggested his own private education wasn’t up to scrat...

Six Reasons Teachers Are Angry About the New SATs Tests

Caroline Fletcher | Posted 29.04.2017 | UK Parents
Caroline Fletcher

In the week beginning 9 May, 10-11 year olds will be taking their SATs tests in English and maths. These tests have always been controversial, but this year's SATs have provoked unprecedented levels of concern for the following reasons...

I Love Grammar, But I Don't Love the SATs

Rebecca Ann Smith | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Ann Smith

You'd think I'd be pleased that our nation's children are being taught to use apostrophes correctly. Believe me, I want everyone in the country to use apostrophes correctly. I really do. But this is not the way to achieve that particular utopia. Here's what's wrong with the new SATs...

Men's Issues with Women

Mia Doring | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

All that the inaccurate term "Women's Issues" does is help "good" men stay passive or otherwise ignore it, while telling all women that these "issues" are their problem to deal with and nobody else's. Let's be real and name them what the are; "Men's Issues with Women".

The Grammar of Terror

Bex Felton | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK Politics
Bex Felton

In England, home to the glorious English language, everyone knows that bad grammar is the same as bad thoughts, and bad thoughts are the sure road to ...

Lost for Words: Endangered Complexity in the Languages of Mexico

Lucy Bell | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK
Lucy Bell

Eighty percent of the world's population speak just 83 of our 7000 languages. With over fifty percent of these projected to be lost by the end of the century, indigenous communities and linguists are working together to preserve some of the world's most endangered communication systems and unravel some of their complexities while there is still time.

'Accidence Will Happen' - A Brilliant New Grammar Book for Anyone Who Loves English

Bill Coles | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

What is so insufferable about the sticklers is that they will brook no argument. They primly purse their mouths. They stop you mid-anecdote and then they trot out this mealy-mouthed line that they have been using for decades and decades: "I think you mean 'fewer' rather than 'less."

More of This and Less of That

Arabella Noortman | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Arabella Noortman

Lately I've been dwelling on things in the world at large that I would like to see either more of or less of in 2015.


Jason Bartholomew | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Jason Bartholomew

I am an American living in London. Aside from the obvious differences - we spell it color, soccer is football, it is tidbit and not titbit (you perverts) - the flagrant, haphazard, and frankly over abundant use of the ubiquitous 'x' (a kiss) sign-off in written correspondences leaves me baffled. What are the rules?

10 Epic Apostrophe Fails To Celebrate International Apostrophe Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Or should that be: epic apostrophe fail's? Yes, it's International Apostrophe Day and thus time to celebrate one of our most useful, yet sadly misu...

Britain's Grammatical Meltdown

Alexander Bowden | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Alexander Bowden

It is fair enough when one needs to write quickly in a personal message but this attitude needn't find its way into our press, our literature or our own writing. Call me the grammar police but whatever you do, just make sure your comment on this post makes sense.

Why I Won't Date Guys Who Lol

Georgina Barnard | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Barnard

As long as I've got a connection with a person, they make me laugh and well, you know, I fancy them, then it's all go. I do, however, have one absolute deal-breaker - something which has the potential to turn me off a man like wildfire I can't date a guy with bad grammar and I could never, ever, date someone who says lol.

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (To Understand)

Nigel Cannings | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Nigel Cannings

I attempted to put her straight, it seems to no avail. The "f" in "Get the f out of my way" is only introduced by adding "very" or "terribly" to the word "sorry". Hence "I am terribly sorry to bother you" means "I don't give a flying whatever that I have woken you up, interrupted your dinner, gatecrashed your wedding".

PICS: 22 Disastrous Apostrophe Fail's

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Friday 16 August is International Apostrophe Day - yes, it's come round again! - and what better way to celebrate than to gaze in awe at pictures of a...

The Upward Turn for English Language Teachers in Turkey

Alana MacPherson | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alana MacPherson

Despite a shaky economic past which saw the country go through a period of instability - involving the devaluation of the Lira - things have very much taken an upward turn in Turkey and this is a very positive thing for TEFL teachers.

A Verb Is Not 'a Doing Word'

Melanie Kendry | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Melanie Kendry

Grammar is drilled into us at school with rules that don't make sense. So what hope do we have? In writing, we make mistakes that we'd never make in speech. This is the clue. Verbs are tricky, even nightmarish if you get up close.

The Importance of English Grammar

Alana MacPherson | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alana MacPherson

The newly introduced testing of school pupils throughout England in a bid to determine their understanding of grammar, spelling and punctuation has sparked widespread debate about grammar in general. How much do we know about our language? How can we learn it? And does it even matter?

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 15 March 2013

Paddy Duffy | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

The "My, what a lovely chimney" of news

Understanding Language with David Crystal

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

David Crystal has been unprecedented. Arguably the greatest linguistic shepherd, Crystal has a penchant for presenting language issues in a reader and listener friendly manner that will never leave you dry as you close one of his books or walk out of the hall where he has been lecturing.

Music and the English Language: I Don't Mean to Sound Slutty, but Please use Me Whenever You Want. Sincerely, Grammar

Matthew Phillips | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

What vexes me most is not that these artists are indolently committing crimes against the English language, but that they are wasting a hallowed opportunity. Words add depth, colour and personality to a song. In fact, they become even more powerful when projected onto a musical backdrop, which is why I shudder when lyricists make a conscious decision to rhyme nonsensical syllables.