Unique Good Cheer

 

Mrs. Grammar Person would not abandon you to your own devices simply because the holidays are upon us. To the contrary, it is the time of year when Mrs. G.P. frets most about her devoted fans. During this, the gift-giving season, you must remember that, try as you might, you will never find the most unique gift for that special someone. Unique means one-of-a-kind; therefore, one gift cannot be more or less unique than any other. But, whichever gift you choose, Mrs. G.P. is sure that you will delight the recipient!

In addition to gifts, the holidays provide us with bountiful treats. Everybody loves these treats and nobody can pass them up. Mrs. G. P. finds it curious that the word everybody is followed by a singular verb despite the fact that it refers to many people. Nevertheless, she diligently follows all of the rules of grammar, even the silly ones.

Likewise, it is correct to say that all of them enjoyed their cookies, but each boy enjoyed his cookie. Our favorite grammarian is proud of her ability to home in on these grammatical mishaps, but she cannot hone in on them, since that makes no sense at all.  To clarify, Mrs. Grammar Person would not imply that you would make such egregious errors and prays that you have not inferred as much from her writings. She is confident that you would never confuse the meanings of imply and infer. Mrs. G.P. knows that you follow her musings out of a mutual love for perfect grammar and that you lend her your attention willingly. Of course, you couldn’t loan her your attention because loan is a noun and lend is a verb. But you already knew that. Like Mrs. Grammar Person, you are an expert grammarian who advises others of the logic (and sometimes illogic) of proper English. Whether they choose to take your advice is up to them. Isn’t it a marvel how one letter can change the meaning of a word? An airplane hangar transforms into a simple clothes hanger, an apple peel becomes the peal of a bell, and the act of being stationary in one place transforms into stationery for letter-writing. Mrs. G.P. cannot discuss the difference between naval and navel because it always gives her a fit of the giggles to compare the Navy to a belly button.  Once the holidays are over, we strengthen our resolve to eat properly and exercise after the over-indulgence we have all succumbed to. Mrs. G.P reminds us that we should also endeavor to strengthen our writing and eliminate the passive tense whenever possible. Thus, instead of saying, “The cookies were eaten by the boys” you should say, “The boys ate the cookies.” Whose cookies are we discussing? The boys’ cookies, of course. The apostrophe indicates the possessive (the cookies belong to the boys) and the apostrophe follows the ‘s’ because the cookies belong to all of the them. Were Mrs. G.P. to speak of a single boy and his cookies, she would write, “the boy’s cookies”.  This leads Mrs. Grammar Person to answer a final question that she has been asked recently, to wit, “what gift would she like to receive?” Feeling humbled, our beloved grammarian hesitates, deep in thought. Finally, she responds that she would like a “grammar-repair kit”, a toolbox filled with apostrophes, hyphens and an endless supply of White-Out so that she may fix the mistakes she encounters daily. But the gift she wants most of all, she adds with a smile, is the gift of your continued friendship throughout next year and beyond. A happy holiday to all of you, my dear grammarians!

Barbara Venkataraman

Unique Good Cheer with Mrs. Grammar Person

Granny and Jezabelle: Crossover Characters

Weed Lake: A Fuchsia/Brilliant, MN CrossoverGrannyEdith Press (March 1, 2022)   Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt, aka Granny, and Jezabelle Jingle are supersleuths in their own communities, Granny from Fuchsia and Jezabelle from Brilliant. Because they live...

Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Honey Roasted Cozy Mystery, 19th in SeriesBerkley (January 25, 2022) Clare Cosi is busy as a bee planning her honeymoon when murder buzzes into the Village Blend in this all-new mystery in the beloved New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse series by Cleo Coyle. While...

Tea and Murder with Terrie Moran

Author Terrie Moran dropped by ePen for a lovely visit. I baked cookies, brewed tea, and settled in. Hello Terrie! Before we settle down to tea and conversation, I love to ask authors what odd item is on their desk. What would we spy if we were peeking in on you?...

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond Cozy Mystery 53rd in Series Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021) When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting,...

What makes a mystery a cozy mystery?

    What makes a mystery a cozy mystery? An amateur sleuth. A protagonist who could be me or you, just a regular person. A small-town setting. Community is key here. A local area where we can get to know the village or town citizens and take a visit to an interesting...

The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Cleo Coyle

Book ReviewsHaunted Bookshop MysteriesCleo Coyle and the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.  Have you met Jack Shepard? To catch up with all things Jack and Pen, click here: https://amzn.to/31rrPKW.More goodness from Cleo Coyle: https://amzn.to/2OsCJV4Coffee, coffee, yummy...

Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs

  Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery)Cozy Mystery22nd in SeriesPublisher: Berkley  Reviewby Julie S., staff reviewer I love these Tea Shop Mysteries. Settling in to read Haunted Hibiscus felt as if I were coming home. The Indigo Teahouse, a comfortable place filled...

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman

Gluten-Free Murder by P. D. Workman https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4p94d2ap0k Julie S., Staff Reviewer Reading the title of P. D. Workman's Gluten-Free Murder, I thought it was going to be another fluffy murder mystery. I was wrong. Erin Price moves to Bald River Falls...

Open for Murder, A Happy Camper Mystery by Mary Angela

Open For Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery) By Mary Angela Cozy Mystery, 1st in Series Publisher: Lyrical Press (November 24, 2020) Paperback: 207 pages ISBN-13: 978-1516110728 Deep in the heart of touristy small-town Spirit Canyon, South Dakota, former journalist Zo...

The Thrill of the Cozy: the Seaside Cove Mysteries

Murder, Schmurder, and the Seaside Cove Mysteries by Terry Ambrose It was thirty years ago when I decided to write a book. Not just any book but a mystery. With an antagonist who died on the first page. Yes, I know. Getting rid of the bad guy immediately might have...

Southern Fried with Sheriff Kenni Lowry and Tonya Kappas

I feel so loved when authors drop by with a special gift. Tonya Kappas, author of Southern Fried, brought me a jar of moonshine. I'm okay with that. It's been a long week. We settled in with coffee and a drop of the special "shine," and the chatting began. Great to...

Red Herrings and Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs

Enjoy my visit with Laura Childs, tea, and red herrings! Then click HERE for a review of Pekoe Most Poison. I’m so thrilled you stopped by. I know how you love tea, so I prepared these seventeen flavors for you to choose from and brought out my best teapots. Which one...