#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Puns never go out of style, and as far as grammar is concerned, puns easily integrate into the eye-rolling humor depicted in Bizarro’s comics like in the one below: Beyond the obvious and cheeky phonetic similarity between “pronounce” and “pronouns,” the comic demonstrates a morphological transformation between the former verb and the latter noun. Morphology, … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, Sammy the Spartan gets into the action: And Sammy isn't the only one around here who loves being a grammarian.  Everywhere we've turned this week, we couldn't help but notice other people joining in our quest. First, we saw this New Yorker comic... and then we saw this BBC story and video about a self-proclaimed … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Yippee! It's Spring Break! If you aren't heading to the beach next week, you might be at home writing all those papers you've been putting off.  To help, we thought we'd take a look at the writing process:  Grant Snider, the mastermind behind Incidental Comics, has a sense of humor about writing styles...and the inspiration … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week our Writing Specialist Nicky Lai offers a quick look at her favorite comic series - Peanuts by Charles Schulz. Snoopy is a wise and clever beagle. He can relate to the many writing concerns that students may face while writing an essay and wants to offer us some tips of the trade! (All these comics appear … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week's contribution comes from Writing Specialist Sheldon Hentschke: Calvin and Hobbes was always my favorite comic when I was a kid, and it still is now that I'm a slightly larger kid. Looking back on some of these comics, I think it would be...interesting, shall we say, to see Calvin at the Writing Center. I … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in California so, naturally, our thoughts turn to Spring...and Summer...and all those lazy days on the beach. This week, we wanted to pay tribute to that most Californian of words — "dude." While Merriam-Webster plays it cool with their definitions, most Californians like to have a … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

It's true what they say - all you ever really need to know you learned in [this book about] kindergarten. As Introvert Doodles illustrates below, you could learn anything from a book.   Of course, where does all that accumulated knowledge come from? Simple: writers. Here are some great TED talks by writers about the art of … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, as students are starting to hand in early papers to classes, we thought we'd feature some humor around editing and drafts. In grad school, you're often subjected to endless rounds of edit suggestions from your advisor like in this recent PhD comic: ...but for those procrastinators who don't leave time for editing, the … Continue reading #2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

Welcome, sports fans! Sure, Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone but there's one story, in particular, that's still worthy of our attention: Malcolm Mitchell's inspirational road to literacy. Watch (or read) the news story...and be ready to sign up for your own book club.      

#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week

This week, we celebrate the art of the apostrophe.  Don't know the proper use of a possessive apostrophe like this comic? Don't worry - there's a Homegrown Handout for that. So, in the meantime, just sit back and enjoy the comics: Happy Friday!