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AuthorMichael Langdon

Author Archive: Michael Langdon

Mikey learned everything he knows about English Grammar in an MSN chat room when he was 13. Believing that people don't say "LOL" enough in everyday conversation, he has made it his mission to teach the world about grammerz one person at a time.

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October 1, 2009

This is a guide for Salient‘s writers to follow. It outlines the basic rules of writing that Salient adheres to, as well as explaining some finer points of grammar and common mistakes people make. Why have a style guide? For consistency. Consistency is very important. Imagine reading a magazine that used a different font, font […]

September 28, 2009

Read this! It’s ‘important’! As you’ve learned in teh grammerz over the last few weeks, the English language* is pretty shit. Seriously, it’s all over the place, just vomiting everywhere. Every English grammar rule has so many exceptions that it’s just completely random and makes no sense. Even I, a self-proclaimed Grammar Nazi, Grammar Nerd […]

September 14, 2009

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory’,” Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’” “But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means […]

September 7, 2009

Some people tweet write like they speak. There’s nothing wrong with that, I always say. It gives character, personality, to the writing. Which is good. Some people also spell like they speak. There’s everything wrong with that. It’s not when words are misspelled that is most annoying—it’s when people write the wrong word because it […]

August 17, 2009

You might not think it, but I love spam. My enjoyment of spam emails has grown immensely over the year, despite the grammatical horrors you can imagine they include. I imagine some sort of survival instinct has kicked in during my time as Salient‘s Chief Sub-Editor, to stop me from exploding every time I edit […]

August 17, 2009

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Schiller, the great German poet and dramatist. In celebration of this occasion, the VUW German Club will be performing a selection of scenes from his greatest plays as part of their annual German Club Play. Schiller is considered by many to be Germany’s most […]

August 10, 2009

All right kiddies. No grammerz lesson today—instead Shirley and I are going to test your grammar. You probably weren’t expecting this, but you need to be prepared. Because bad grammar can strike anywhere, anytime. When you go to uni. When you take out your recycling. When you pay your rent. When you fucking sleep. So […]

August 10, 2009

Correct! +1 point Epic fail! -1 point Name No points for getting this right If you got it wrong however, you just fail instantly Q1 a c Q2 b a Q3 b a Q4 a b Q5 c a Q6 c a Q7 c b Q8 a c Q9 b a Q10 b c Click […]

August 3, 2009

Let’s talk grammar. Present perfect, simple past, pluperfect, present, present continuous, future, future perfect. Indicative, subjunctive, imperative. Singular, plural, nominative, accusative, genitive, first person, second person, third person. Actually, let’s have a yarn about nouns, pronouns, articles, verbs, prepositions, adjectives and adverbs. Now, I remember the topic of nouns, verbs, etc. being covered very briefly […]

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