Jan 18, 2017 09:55 AM EST
Twitter and other social media sites can be utilized into tools of learning and teaching instead of just telling the world what you just ate or bought. Here are five ingenious Twitter accounts that will help you more with your grammar skills.
Grammarly is a writing and copyediting app which is a must-have for any writer or copyeditor. However, its Twitter account is a treasure trove of puns, grammar jokes, and other reminders how to use the English language correctly from nouns to subject-verb agreements.
Here are some examples: You make mistakes by accident or accidentally not on accident.
Some funny definitions of words: jargon: a lost container; hammock: to ridicule a pork product; bunny: an abundance of bread rolls; and army: possessing many upper appendages.
If you are looking for pictures of spelling and grammar mistakes, Proofed Poorly is the Twitter account to follow. Sometimes, all it takes is one letter or a misplaced punctuation to make you burst into laughter. Here are some examples: "Chicken Wings with Fires" or "Please exist out the other door."
Mighty Red Pen
It's similar to Proofed Poorly although the Mighty Red Pen's Sofia T. Romero does not rely on pictures alone. Her witty and oftentimes sarcastic remarks about wrong grammar usage and spelling errors is worth following. Here's one of them: tip: if it's your bellybutton or oranges we're talking about, that's "navel," if it's ships, that's "naval."
Bill Walsh's The Slot
Bill Walsh is the Washington Post's copy editor is never short of fun and sarcasm as he corrects wrong grammar usage he encounters. He is unforgiving with his comments which are tiny, powerful lessons.
Patrick Neylan is the Angry SubEditor whose purpose is to eliminate the bloated jargons that is mushrooming in this present age. So if you are also sick and tired of some people calling a simple distributor a "distribution solutions provider," then this is the Twitter account you should follow.
Here's another "angry" tweet from him: a job ad is looking for someone who can "problem solve." How is that any different from an ability to solve problems?
And a reminder for writers and news sites who love using clickbait: "People can't stop talking [someone and someone] kiss." Clickbait headlines are a great way to diminish your reputation.
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