FEB
01
0

Where To Stick Your Commas: Gronk Erotica Edition

Where To Stick Your Commas: Gronk Erotica Edition

This year's Superbowl Media Day featured a literary reading. The object of Lacey Noonan's recently published, fan fiction erotica novel, A Gronking To Remember, tight end Rob Gronkowski read a single line aloud, to the giggly delight of a roomful of sports journalists. Here's the line he read: In front of the entire country, Gronk's spike impacts right in-between my butt cheeks. I like this line quite a bit. It offers a great example of the first person present tense. It doesn't skimp on actio......
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JUN
28
4

Teasing Trevor: When To Use A Comma With Dependent Clauses

Do you know which of these sentences needs another comma? A. I liked the angle of Trevor’s jaw so I winked at him. B. He surprised me when he sustained eye contact and circled his lips with his tongue. C. I wanted to chew on those lips which seemed so juicy and pink. Examples A & C each need a comma added but for different reasons. Both clauses in Example A could stand on their own as complete sentences. They are independent clauses, and you need a conjunction (in this case, so) and a......
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APR
06
2

Punctuating Side Comments: Comma, Em Dash, and Parentheses

You probably know you should set off parenthetical expressions with a comma, as in this example: The dominatrix, a silver fox in a leather dress, kicked me and told me to beg for more. But what about parentheses? It's called a parenthetical expression after all! Can we set off the same parenthetical expression within parentheses? And what about dashes? What's the difference? Sure, you could go ahead and use parentheses or dashes in the example above. It would look like this: The dominatrix--a s......
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MAR
21
4

The Business of Side Talk: Comma, Em Dash, and Parentheses

You probably know you should set off parenthetical expressions with a comma, as in this example: The order, 150 silicone dildos and 75 butt plugs, should be delivered before Valentine's Day since our customers buy sex toys as gifts. But what about parentheses? It's called a parenthetical expression after all! Can we set off the same parenthetical expression within parentheses? And what about dashes? What's the difference? Sure, you could go ahead and use parentheses or em dash in the example ab......
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MAR
12
0

Air Quotes: Dear Sexy G

Dear Sexy Grammarian, I would like to know about quote marks.  Do you have a post about that already?  In particular, I use quotes like air-quotes, you know, to acknowledge that a word is being used out of context or in a circumspect way (like either I intentionally used it incorrectly or I don't believe the word I'm using so I'm adding some sort of sarcasm).  I guess that's it!  I use those air-quotes to indicate sarcasm in my writing, just like I would when I speak. Anyway, punctuation on th......
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