i before e and Irregardless

Since today my blog seems dedicated to writing I figured it would be a good time to share a fabulous resource for the Rules of Good Writing and accurate grammar. Rich Voza lays them all out for you in his Writing Pet Peeves. I find myself constantly checking back to verify if my writing is in line. He covers a lot of the most common mistakes.

From the get go in Pet Peeves 1 I was way out of bounds. A lifetime use of the word irregardless whose usage, unlike Rich contends, is not relegated solely to South Jersey. Since I was a Philly girl born and raised. I told him I’m an enigma and this’s part of the riddle that I call me. I also shamefully misused my beloved ellipsis……but I love……and now that I know the rules he has completely ruined me and damn………. nothing is the same. We discussed self medicating with a warm beverage-hot cocoa with little marshmallows of course.

Now that was just in chapter one. Wait till you get to the end of 6. If you’re like me you will find many abuses that need correcting. Hopefully you will also be graced with affirmation of things you did actually suss from your education. And once you have completed the reeducation program make sure to check out his writing. I promise on all accounts you won’t be disappointed. Now he still needs to address the dreaded dangling participle.


6 thoughts on “i before e and Irregardless

  1. Pingback: The Oracle ~ #FridayFictioneers 9/27 | DCTdesigns Creative Canvas

  2. I tend to purposefully use irregardless, especially around English majors. They tend to tear their hair out when I explain that, “Well, if you use a word incorrectly enough then the meaning of it will eventually change, and the dictionary will be updated. Viola!”.

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