— Get Thee to an Editor

Grammar humor & English punchlines



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I’ve spoken before about the need for a sarcasm font. College Humor took it a step further by presenting an entire series of proposed punctuation marks. Here are a few:

"I'm not angry" fake punctuation mark

sarcastices made-up punctuation marks

Morgan freemarks funny punctuation

Don’t even act like you didn’t start thinking in Morgan Freeman’s voice.

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Grammar comma cartoon: well done steak

A cautionary comma tale from ChainBear.com. Don’t praise steaks, they already already have big heads from being the most expensive item on every menu.

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I always knew commas were the punctuation marks having all the fun.

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Past present future walk into a bar tense

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Some major publications employ a robust editorial department staffed with copy editors, voice editors, proofreaders, and the all-important fact checkers. For smaller staffs, it’s up to one or two editors to do all these steps, including the fact-checking, themselves.

When you’re on deadline and out of time, it can be tempting to cut corners on fact checking. After all, aren’t writers always reliable? We can trust them, right?

I’ll let these funny newspaper corrections answer that question:

Funny newspaper correction

Funny magazine correction interior designer

Funny newspaper correction Little Pony

See more funny corrections from newspapers and magazines at HuffPo.

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You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. 

-Arthur Polotnik

So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.

-Dr. Seuss

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Christmas grammar joke

Not a comma was stirring in this punctuation-bereft Facebook post.

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When you only have 140 characters to make your point, elements like sentence construction take the back seat. But even in the Twitterverse, grammar nerds are vigilant. Here are some of my favorite funny Twitter feeds for grammar, punctuation and more:

1) The Grammar Snark posts typos and grammar errors of all sorts, but their most common complaint is the use of pompous language:

2) GRAMMARHULK (aka Editor Hulk): Fortunately for careless typers, Hulk smash grammar errors, not people:

Grammar Hulk tweet

3) Stealth Mountain: One person can’t rid Twitter of all its spelling mistakes, and Stealth Mountain isn’t trying to. Instead, it has a single-minded focus on one phrase:

sneak peek stealth mountain

4) Fake AP Stylebook: This collection of fake style rules may not enlighten you on when to set off a nonrestrictive clause with commas, but it will let you know that they love to be free and feel the wind in their hair.
Fake AP Stylebook tweet


5) #amediting: It’s not really a Twitter feed, but searching this hashtag is a good way to find funny posts about all things editing:


Think I missed a good one? Let me know!

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Ghost of Christmas Future Perfect Passive cartoon

This cartoon was sent in by my mother, though I have seen and appreciated the grammar humor and other cartoons at Savage Chickens before. I’m pretty sure the Ghost of Pluperfect Subjunctive only arrives in the darkest realm of nightmares.

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