Friday, March 4, 2011

Good Grammar and Grandfathers

How's your grammar? You probably know the difference between an adverb and an adjective, but do you know what a "flat" adverb is? What about a "split infinitive"? The English language can get pretty technical, but Grammar Girl keeps everything in perspective and also keeps it fun! Today is National Grammar Day-March Forth (4th) to good grammar. We had a fun interview with Mignon Fogarty, aka: "The Grammar Girl" on the show today. Mignon said that the biggest error most people make is not with grammar itself, but rather with word usage. For instance: we confuse affect with effect and so on. If you want to get more tips and learn more about using good grammar, you can check out Mignon's books, DEV"THE GRAMMAR DEVOTIONAL" and "GRAMMAR GIRL'S QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS FOR BETTER WRITING", or you can check out the website: (You'll also be able to hear the catchy tune, MARCH FORTH, that Mignon wrote for the occassion-National Grammar Day).

We also had a chance to talk with Erin Bried, author of "HOW TO BUILD A FIRE: AND OTHER HANDY THINGS YOUR GRANDFATHER KNEW", a collection of tips and advice from 10 men (most of whom served in WWII). It's filled with warmth, humor, nostalgia and wisdom and covers their perspective on everything from how to change a tire, tie a tie, build a campfire, be brave, show respect and love and how to apply these things to our lives. Erin showcases each of the ten men who share their grandfatherly wisdom as well as their advice. The chapters cover everything from pioneering, thriving, bonding, cooking, hosting, leading and prospering as well as others. If you never got the chance to ask your grandfather about all the important (as well as unimportant) things in life, you'll want to read this book.
If your grandfather is still living, take time in the next week or so to seek him out and spend some time together. You'll be glad you did!

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