The grammar of Grammer

It can be fun to check the grammar of some of your favorite speechwriters, actors and authors. One of my favorite shows is “Frasier,” which inspired me to take this journey through the grammar of Kelsey Grammer.
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Composure

It’s easy to get caught up in the particulars of terminology, syntax and style when composing academic works (or less formal messages) at the cost of the overall power and meaning.
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Literally laughing out loud

Communication via text has undoubtedly changed the ways in which we interact in the last few decades, as is constantly pointed out in think pieces and scathing treatises on how Millennials will be the death of the English language.
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Talking with robots

Curious about how these bots could actually improve my life, I started conversations with the five bots on my menu screen. I hoped for actual conversation to flow, but the bots’ language was stilted, even though their grammar itself was perfect.
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I was in the spelling bee, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt

I know how to spell “dysfunctional.” Yes, it’s D-Y-S, not D-I-S. I’ve known this for almost half of my life, but when it mattered, I didn’t. When it mattered was when I was a fifth grader in the county spelling bee: I went with my intuition and spelled it D-I-S. But my surprise when I learned the correct spelling was such that it has stuck in my mind ever since.
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The Cummings and goings of punctuation

When I turned 13, my sister decided it was time to introduce me to the wonder that is E.E. Cummings through a collection of his most famous poems. Before I knew it, I started falling in love with his writing, one misplaced parenthesis at a time. But, as most loves tend to do, this newfound passion led me to question something I had believed in for most of my life: the all-encompassing importance of correct punctuation.
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How Webkinz made me a better writer

Realizing that writing was my mother’s soft spot, I turned my little persuasive essays into a tradition. I wrote about why she should take me to see “Shrek 2” in theaters, why we should have breakfast for dinner and why my sister and I should not be forced to visit obscure family friends. And it worked — on the condition that I sat down and watched my mother edit the papers each time.
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He is her ‘question mark’

In a world so consumed by the need to label every detail of our lives, perhaps we get too caught up in the intricacies of using the overwhelming plethora of words at our disposal to describe our romantic and sexual endeavors. We would be better off describing them in terms of a simplified set of punctuation marks.
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