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

Bill Coles | Posted 16.02.2015 | 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 16.02.2015 | 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.

Sexing Up the Classics: Why I Wouldn't Mind 50 Shades of Mr Darcy

Rebecca Myers | Posted 17.09.2012 | Home
Rebecca Myers

"Oh, if only", I hear you sigh. You've got to page 250 and you could cut the sexual tension with a distinctly blunt knife, yet there's still not been a thigh brush in sight.

WATCH: Rapper Takes On Illiterate Internet Trolls

The Huffington Post UK | Becky Brewis | Posted 18.07.2012 | Home

Last December Mac Lethal went viral on YouTube with a video of him rapping a pancake recipe at breakneck speed over the beat of Look At Me Now. Th...

The 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Concentrates on Comedy Testicles and Abhors Bad Grammar

John Fleming | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

Now, make no mistake, I love the Edinburgh Fringe. One thing I like about it is its freewheeling, hands-off nature. Anyone can perform at the Fringe; ...

WATCH: 102-Year-Old Explains Why English Is A Ludicrous Language

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Comedy

Edward Rondthaler was born back in 1905 and died in 2009 at the grand old age of 104, a much-loved and highly-respected typographist. We introduce...

WATCH: 'Elements Of Style' Grammar Rap

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Comedy

For those not in the know, The Elements of Style is a highly-respected book on grammar, a go-to guide for everything you could ever need to know about...

Shakespeare, Chaucer, Jane Austen - All Bad at The English Language

John Fleming | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
John Fleming

I posted a blog (or did I?) the other day. Someone took offence (or did he?) and posted (or did he?) this comment: "No offense, [sic]" he wrote, "bu...

It's Time to Replace the Full Stop. Period.

Ben Wakeling | Posted 25.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Wakeling

It's hard to believe the humble SMS is not yet 20 years old. Conceived in 1992, a single message which read 'Merry Christmas' began a form of communic...