[TOPW 5 #2] Grammar NAZI

When you hear ‘Grammar Girl’, what are the things come to your mind? I asked myself, ‘Is this another ‘Grammar Nazi’ that we need to know about?’ There are so many grammar mistakes in our daily conversations and someone has been educating people in her own ways to approach and rectify the mistakes and grammar faults.

Universal LanguageEnglish has been gaining more popularity and attention for decades.

A Quick and Dirty Success

by Mignon Fogarty

Who is this Grammar Girl that many people have been talking about? What has she been doing and it looks like a lot of people are following her. Just, look at her Facebook page and 539,000 likes on the page and still counting!!!

“I like to think that even when you see people writing sloppy things on Facebook that deep down they really do know the rules, and if they were taking more care, they could do it right. That is what I saw with my students, too. I was happily thrilled with the quality of the papers they turned in. On their day-to-day assignments, they have been sloppier, but when they took the time to sit down and work on what they viewed as an important paper, the quality of the writing really went up. I think that is true on social media.”

I went to her website/blog and found out quite refreshing knowledge and information about ‘My grammar mistakes’ and unconsciously these are the parts that I’ve been using since I spoke English!


Have you ever wondered or noticed why people get confused between ‘Congratulations‘ and ‘Congradulations‘? Which one is correct? As simple as it may sound, it is undeniable that these two terms do make people confused, including me. At first I found no wrong in these two and thought I could use these two – just like how we do have ‘American‘ and  ‘British‘ pronunciations and spellings. Wrong!, Grace!! and that led me to think, how about ‘Graduated from college‘ or ‘Graduated college‘?
To answer the second question, it is correct to use ‘from’ after ‘graduated’ – the preposition ‘from’ is important to remember!

Okay Now… Back to the first Question, CongrGrammar Girl says...atulations vs Congradulations. 

It occurred when I was writing my wishes on a card for my friend and at one point, I stopped and thought which one is correct to spell between these two. Then I ‘googled’ and found out that Congratulations is the one that we use. WELL, if you read the article from Grammar Girl blog, it says…

Congratulations, comes from Latin. The gratulations part comes from gratulari, which means “to give thanks or express joy,” and when you add the con part you get the full Latin meaning: “to wish joy.” 

How about Graduate???

Gratulari comes from the Latin word gratus, which also gives us the words grace and gratitude. So those three words—congratulations, grace, and gratitude—are all related.

Graduate, on the other hand, comes from a different Latin word: graduatus, which means “to take a degree.” Through Latin, the word graduate is related the word grade.

It just happened that these two words have the similar pronunciations in the middle.


Do you know the difference between ‘Almost’ and ‘Most’? 

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Why is there ‘A’ and ‘L’ in front of ‘Most’ and make people confused what to use!?!?! Why can’t it be simple to ‘Most’??? Questions after Questions. This is one part that drove Grammar Girl crazy as well. She gave an example,

‘Most every politician believes the president,’

What do you think? Does it make a sense? But apparently, this is not a correct sentence – clearly Grammatically Incorrect! and logically nonsensical!! Then what is the right way of saying it?

Either, MOST politicians or EVERY politician—two different subsets of politicians and the Grammar Girl says,

I believe that what the users of this phrase are actually intending to say is ‘ALMOST every,’ which makes perfect sense.

Why do people get confused between these two and where did these originate from? According to the grammar girl,

The phrase most every does arise from people shortening almost to most, which clearly seems to change the meaning. I found many admonitions against such usage in books from the early 1900s, and a few in my more recent usage books. The usage notes at Dictionary.com explain that using most to mean “almost” arose in 16th century England, and is common in informal speech but rare in edited text.

Nowadays, there are many short terms, jargons and slangs that older generations find quite hard to communicate and many words have evolved progressively – hope younger generations learn to find right ways to use English to write better as well as communicate better.

These two points above are something we use quite often – there are a lot more to discover and explore what we have been using incorrectly. 🙂

– Grace Cho


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