Yes, grammar can be funny



Our programmers have been working hard lately beefing up our ability to assess the nuts and bolts of English grammar. Not an easy task. At least, I imagine it’s difficult. I haven’t actually helped, so I have no idea.

Instead, I’ve been finding ways to make grammar hilarious. This may be an even harder task.

Luckily, the guys at The Chicago Manual of Style Online have a better sense of humor than me. I recently stumbled across their Q&A section, finding it both informative and witty.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Q. Is it ever possible to put a period after other punctuation as in: He had asked, “Will she go?.”

A. It’s definitely possible, but it would be wrong.

Q. Oh, English-language gurus, is it ever proper to put a question mark and an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence in formal writing? This author is giving me a fit with some of her overkill emphases, and now there is this sentence that has both marks at the end. My everlasting gratitude for letting me know what I should tell this person.

A. In formal writing, we allow both marks only in the event that the author was being physically assaulted while writing. Otherwise, no.

Comedy and grammar are together at last. But be careful, you might learn something too.

  • shania

    funny quiz