July 23, 2009
Tip for Law Review Editors
Posted by Gordon Smith

Put Grammar Girl on your list of podcasts, and start with Episode 97, "Top Ten Grammar Myths":

10. A run-on sentence is a really long sentence.
9. You shouldn't start a sentence with the word "however."
8. Irregardless is not a word.
7. There is only one way to write the possessive form of a word that ends in s.
6. Passive voice is always wrong.
5. "i.e." and "e.g." mean the same thing.
4. You use a before words that start with consonants and an before words that start with vowels.
3. It's incorrect to answer the question "How are you?" with the statement "I'm good."
2. You shouldn't split infinitives.
1. You shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition.

I am working my way through all of the episodes as I walk to and from work. Most of the episodes are shorter than five minutes if you skip the product pitches.

If you have ever paid attention to grammar, these podcasts won't contain many startling revelations, but they can serve as a nice tune up. More importantly, especially for law review editors, Mignon Fogarty reveals the fluidity of grammar. If listening to Grammar Girl allows you to avoid some nasty exchanges with law professors over imagined "rules" of grammar, your time would be well spent.

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