Three Writing Rules That Are Kinda Dumb

My pet hate was always – American’s tend to say Leaned and Drugged – rather than Leant and Dragged…It confused me for ages…lol

Allison Maruska

There are many rules that govern our writing and language use. Ever useful, sometimes changing, and occasionally bizarre.

There are some rules I just can’t seem to learn. My brain refuses to let them in, and I have to look them up every single damn time I need to use them. One of those is the lay/lie/laying/lying differences. Grammar Girl comes in handy with that one.

But most of the time, as a proponent of writing correctly, I do a decent job at spotting errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. And this is true:

grammar This is an actual thing in my dining room. Mom bought it for me. 

Even so, there are a few rules that are just dumb and I’m less strict about.

Dumb Rule 1: All right, alright, all-right

That last one isn’t real. I just wanted the McConaughey reference.


I was stubborn about this one for a long…

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