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Santa’s Communications Consultant, Day 3: Strive, strive again

Santa read me an excerpt from a letter that he received from Billy from Buffalo, and the error in the excerpt was all too familiar: “Dear Santa, I really hope that you’ll bring me a Samsung Galaxy S5 for Christmas. I’ve been very good this year. If you bring me this phone I will make a great strive to eat all of my broccoli … Read More Santa’s Communications Consultant, Day 3: Strive, strive again

Santa’s Communications Consultant, Day 2: Based ON

When Santa first approached me about my new temporary job as Honorary Elf on communications consulting detail, he expressed his perplexity at a neologism that he has noticed in letters of late. “For some reason,” he told me, “people seem to have given up on”—and here, I was afraid that he would say “me.” But no—he said “on saying ‘based on.’” Phew! An idiomatic … Read More Santa’s Communications Consultant, Day 2: Based ON

Santa’s Communications Consultant

Even Santa Claus has Christmas wishes. Last year, he noticed quite a few errors in the letters he received from both children and adults. This year, Santa wishes to receive error-free letters. So, he has given the Graceful Grammarian the esteemed title of “Honorary Elf.” My assignment is to help all believers to learn proper usage of English in order to avoid some common … Read More Santa’s Communications Consultant