In the U.S., this is the week when we try to forget about, say, a crumbling economy, a rabid unemployment rate, cities in upheaval with police officers beating the skulls of protesters, two wars we can’t afford, and other realities, and instead we focus on things we are thankful for. It’s called “Thanksgiving.” And it makes us not feel so bad about ourselves.
Okay, I’m going somewhere with this. Three great blogs, Write or Revise Daily, Buddhafulkat, and Verified Kayo, were kind enough to nominate Grammar Party for the Liebster Award. This is an award other bloggers give to up-and-coming blogs that they think are pretty swell. If you get the award, you’re supposed to pass it along to five other up-and-coming blogs that you think are also pretty swell. Since I read a lot of fantastic blogs, I found that the ones I wanted to nominate have already been honored.
So I’m going to do something different. I’ve collected language and grammar resources that I find essential and am sharing them with you in the hope that you can get as much enjoyment and education from them as I have.
After Deadline: This column comes from the New York Time’s copy desk. Need I say more?
Boggleton Drive: Matthew Baines illustrates grammar rules and other awesome language topics with adorable (and hilarious) comics. Even if you’re a grammar ace, you’ll find his comics truly enjoyable.
Language Log: This blog brings together some of the world’s top linguists to plumb the daily news for interesting language stories to discuss and comment on. For me, this is a must-read site to keep me current on language news.
Motivated Grammar: In this blog, Gabe Doyle delves into some pretty deep (and at times complicated) linguistic theories. If you are looking to educate yourself about the ins and outs of current linguistic study, this is your blog.
Oxford Words: This blog comes from the people of Oxford Dictionaries. It’s a hodge-podge collection of interesting language stories, with a heavy focus on etymology.
Write or Revise Daily: How Judy Sawler keeps up with her meticulously updated blog, I have no idea. If you are a copy editor, you really need to be reading this blog. She gives all kinds of tips to make your life easier.
You Don’t Say: “Veteran drudge” John McIntyre, who is also the former president of the American Copy Editors Society and a copy editing expert, writes about grammar, language, and journalism on this Baltimore Sun blog.