It’s unfair. English should not do this to us—confuse us with word cousins when all we want to do is to crank out that press release or update the website and go home.
Words such as less and fewer. Lay and lie. Affect and effect.
Given that we’re stuck with this language until Esperanto or Klingon prevails, it behooves the citizens of Communicatorland to avoid common errors. To help us with that, there’s Grammar Girl.
Grammar Girl, known among the philistines as Mignon Fogarty, blogs and produces a podcast on grammar and writing. She has been widely quoted in the media and has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”