This Word Makes You a Very Lazy Writer

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We’ve all used this word when we think, when we speak and when we write. It’s very easy to do.

See? I just used it.

Didn’t catch it? Let’s try this again.

It’s not an elaborate word, a controversial word, an out-of-date word or a trending word. It’s a word that we slip in to our sentence at the very last moment to emphasize our point.

Missed it again? I’ll spell it out for you.

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The Stats are In: The Way to a Writer’s ❤️ is Through Grammar

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The Way to a Writer's Heart is Through Grammar

Credit: Grammarly

A business deal starts with a handshake. A published book starts with a query letter. In the world of online dating, a relationship starts with an email.

And if that email is littered with spelling errors, kiss your chances goodbye!

It turns out that being grammar-savvy isn’t just a turn-on, it’s a must to keep any man or woman’s interest. Your amour can be chased away by as little as two typos!

Whether you’re new to the online dating scene or share a love of proper grammar, this infographic by Grammarly is a great read—and just in time for Valentine’s Day:

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My Beef with Comic Sans

My Beef with Comic Sans Font Typeface
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Boo me all you want. But I can’t stand comic sans.

I cringe at every email signature, every business sign, every website homepage that uses that typeface.

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Yes, the font is ugly. Yes, the font is childish. But no, that’s not why it makes me sigh with despair.

Why would someone create such a spiteful font? Here’s the story.

Back in the 90s, while Vincent Connare worked at Microsoft, he received a beta version of Microsoft Bob, a software package designed for younger users. This package featured a dog named Rover that “spoke” to the user through message balloons – but the font was Times New Roman.

That font won’t do, said Connare. It doesn’t suit the comic situation.

He took it into his own hands to design an appropriate font for the talking dog. Comic books were his inspiration for what we now recognize as comic sans.

But the font wasn’t finalized in time for the release of Microsoft Bob. So it was released in the Windows 95 Plus Pack and later bundled in versions of Windows 95 and the comic movie program 3D Movie Maker.

And yes, it’s still included in Windows and Mac OS programs.

So, why all this love for such a goofy font? Connare shares his thoughts in this interview:

“Regular people who are not typographers or graphic designers choose Comic Sans because they like it. It’s as simple as that. Comic Sans isn’t complicated, it isn’t sophisticated, it isn’t the same old text typeface like in a newspaper. It’s just fun — and that’s why people like it.”

He goes on to say that comic sans haters are just jealous they didn’t invent the typeface…

But I’m not the only one whose skin crawls at the sight of it. In fact, there are many vocal haters of comic sans.

Like Holly and Dave Combs, the creators of Ban Comic Sans. They sum up my sentiments towards the font:

“While we recognize the font may be appropriate in a few specific instances, our position is that the only effective means of ending this epidemic of abuse is to completely ban Comic Sans.” 

Comic sans is fitting for comics or picture books where the situation is playful. But when it leaks into professional scenarios like business cards or resumes, it becomes tacky.

The problem isn’t with the font. The problem is with how the user uses comic sans.

Take a hard look at your writing. What is the genre? Who is the audience? What is the intent of the content?

Then ask yourself: Is comic sans appropriate here?

Ninety-nine out of 100 times, the answer is no.

If the genre involves superheroes, the font can stay. If the font is in the near vicinity of professional, stick to a sleeker typeface.

Do you like comic sans? Share why you like or dislike the font below.

How To Use “Myself” In A Sentence

How to know when to use me, myself or I.
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I’m keeping my promise to a dear friend of mine by writing this blog post.

There’s a grammatical error bug going around her office—and it’s contagious. Her career is decades-strong across all forms of communications, but she’s never seen or heard such a grammatical error being used on the daily until she joined her latest team. It’s infected her peers’ verbal speech and email composition.

That’s right: They all have the case of the myself.

Here’s how it usually goes down. They write or speak a sentence like this:

“Jan, Greg and myself went to the conference.”

Or

“My supervisor scheduled a meeting for Chris and myself on Thursday.”

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Some of you are cringing. And some of you don’t see the issue.

This blog post is for you.

How NOT To Use Myself In A Sentence

The simplest way to decide if you should use myself in a sentence is by leaving it alone in the sentence.

For example, would you say, “Myself went to the conference” or “My supervisor scheduled a meeting for myself on Thursday”?

Of course not.

You would say “I went to the conference” and “My supervisor scheduled a meeting for me on Thursday.”

Here’s an easy way to remember the difference between these first-person pronouns:

I = Subject Pronoun

Me = Object Pronoun

Myself = Reflexive Pronoun

It’s the role of “myself” as a reflexive pronoun that can often be confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading.

Myself: The Reflexive Pronoun

A reflexive pronoun is a special kind of pronoun. It’s used in a sentence when the object of the sentence is the same as the subject.

If you are both the subject and object of a first-person sentence, then the object of your sentence can be “myself.” That’s because the person performing the action in the sentence (“I”) is the same person who is receiving the action of the sentence (“myself”).

In other words, if “I” is the subject of the sentence and the object of the sentence still refers to you, then “myself” can be the object.

Some examples include:

“I scheduled a meeting for myself on Thursday.”

“I see myself going to that conference.”

The misuse of myself is finally solved, if I do say so myself.

Don’t think so? Still have questions about how to use myself in a sentence? Ask your grammar question below.