According to Merriam-Webster, the title of this post is actually a trick question: the correct way to write this farewell word is “good-bye.”
I’m sad to say that this will be my final post for Grammar Hammer, since I started a new job last week. Thanks so much to everyone who cared enough about grammar to follow this column and make our world a more articulate and eloquent place. I hope my attempts to liven up a sometimes dry subject helped you learn a little more about our beloved English language.
After writing this column for almost a year, I feel like I’ve learned so much about language rules and why knowing those rules is important. Here is my main takeaway: grammar is useful to communicate more clearly and/or to seem credible – but that does not mean it’s always necessary, as long as the point trying to be conveyed is understood (and you’re not trying to impress anyone). But sometimes we grammarians can and should let incorrect word usage or mispronunciation slide, depending on the context, just to save face and avoid seeming like killjoys, if nothing else. If Grammar Hammer taught you anything, hopefully it’s that grammar can be fun!
And on that note, here are my top 10 fun-est Grammar Hammer entries:
- Do You Literally See Red When People Say “Literally”?
- Resolve to Use Latin Phrases Before the Apocalypse
- Punxsutawney Phil and His Long Clause
- The March Hare Has Less Tea, Fewer Cups
- The Grinch Hates “i.e.” vs. “e.g.”
- Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Semicolon
- Does Thanksgiving Effect or Affect You?
- AR! A Pirate Argues About Presume vs. Assume
- Chicken Little Lies Down to Lay Eggs
- Jean-Paul Sartre Philosophizes About Hyphens
Viva la grammar!
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