I’ve always been a person who is very conscientious about spelling. So it’s not surprising that when I decided to start this grammar blog, I was immediately struck with a “how do you spell that?” moment. I was thinking about subjects I could cover and the possibilities for catchy titles describing groups of similar posts. For example, ongoing posts about grammar mistakes I could call “Grammar Gaffes.” Or would that be Grammar “Gaffs”—without the ‘e’? Out came my dictionary, and voilà! I had my answer. And the subject of my first blog.
The Grammar Gnome’s love of the English language began in childhood when her family purchased a new dictionary. Its preface contained a section on etymology that included several maps illustrating the evolution of the English language. These she gleefully spent time studying while pondering our language’s rich history.