The Versatile Blogger Award

The charming and talented Grammar Girl nominated this blog for a Versatile Blogger Award, and according to the rules (posted in full below), I have to list seven interesting things about myself and nominate 15 other noteworthy bloggers. Sounds like fun!

Thanks are in order

Thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, for tagging us in her Versatile Blogger post — and also for offering grammar advice in a fun, non-threatening way, and being an overall Nice Person.

Seven interesting things about me

Let’s keep this professional, shall we?

  1. My favorite piece of punctuation is the semicolon.
  2. My most embarrassing newspaper correction was having to write that rabbits aren’t rodents (they’re lagomorphs, and I should have known that from college biology).
  3. I have literally (and I mean this literally, not figuratively) dozens of books on language, grammar, usage and words on my desk, and dozens more at home.
  4. I was trained as a linguist but am employed as an editor, so there’s a constant descriptivist vs. prescriptivist tug-of-war going on in my head.
  5. That said, I do  have language peeves. I can’t help it.
  6. I think that learning a foreign language gives people invaluable insight into their own language as well as into another culture.
  7. My favorite Grammar Rock is, of course, “Conjunction Junction.”

15 worthwhile blogs

Most blog posts I find through links on Twitter, but there are a few blogs I go to regularly because they’re worth keeping up with. Here are 15 that I hope you all will enjoy as well:

1. Headsup: The blog — A blog on editing and journalism run by Fred Vultee, a professor at Wayne State University.

2. Lingua Franca — The Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog on language has several regular authors: Lucy Ferriss, Allan Metcalf, Geoffrey K. Pullum, Carol Fisher Saller and Ben Yagoda.

3. Regret the Error — Craig Silverman, now with Poynter, tracks errors and discusses accuracy and verification.

4. You Are Not So Smart — Not a language or journalism blog, but a myth-buster backed up by scientific research. Fun and interesting.

5. You Don’t Say — A blog on language and editing, with a weekly joke, by John McIntyre of the Baltimore Sun.

6. Blogslot – Musings on language and editing by Bill Walsh of the Washington Post (also the author of “Lapsing Into a Comma”).

7. Overheard in the Newsroom — Because sometimes you need a laugh.

8. Language Corner — Merrill Perlman’s writings on words and language at Columbia Journalism Review.

9. That’s the Press, Baby — A more philosophical look at the world of journalism, and department stores, by David Sullivan in Philadelphia.

10. Johnson – The language blog of the Economist, for an across-the-pond perspective.

11. Language Log — This one gets a bit technical at times, but if you’re really into language and linguistics, it’s a must-read.

12. The Wordnik blog — Fun with vocabulary.

13. Separated by a Common Language — U.S./U.K. language differences, by Lynne Murphy.

14. Mind Your Language — The language blog of the Guardian style editors, for more across-the-pond perspective.

15. The Grammar Guide — Pam Nelson’s blog on language and editing.

The rules

Here are the rules, but, as Grammar Girl suggested, feel free to disregard them.

1. In a post on your, blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.

2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.

3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.

4. In the same post, share seven completely random pieces of information about yourself.

5. In the same post, include this set of rules.

6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs. (Or post to Twitter.)