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Pam Nelson
I am a veteran journalist with a special interest in copy editing and language issues.
Interests: copy editing, newspapers and other news media, grammar and usage, Asperger's Syndrome and North Carolina pottery.
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Try the latest quiz on word choice. I hope you find some interesting challenges in the 10 sentences. Click here to begin. Have fun Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at The Grammar Guide
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at The Grammar Guide
Writers often misuse the pronoun "whomever." Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at The Grammar Guide
Those readers who have followed my move from the Triangle Grammar Guide to this blog probably know of my quizzes on usage and grammar. Today I have posted the first on this platform. The format is the same as before, and it is a Flash-based quiz. (Sorry, iPad users.) I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at The Grammar Guide
The crawl editor/writer on MSNBC this morning needed to double-check the use of "lay" and "lie." Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at The Grammar Guide
I was on an urban light rail train recently in Charlotte, N.C., and noticed this message on the scrolling LED display. I wondered whether non-native English speakers would have trouble understanding the message. The message is "Train is about to move." The word about in this sentence is an adverb... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at The Grammar Guide
An explanation of the word dilemma and the meaning of Hobson's choice. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at The Grammar Guide
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Mar 15, 2010
Thank you, Susan. Jake still feels the loss of Grandmom. He misses the family gathering at the beach in the summer and at Bette and George's house at Christmas. The service in July was moving. The minister who conducted the service was able to speak of Bette in a way that reminded us all who she was and what she meant to her family.
I went to Weta's memorial service Saturday at the church she and her family attended in Cary. It was a nice service. The church was full, too, with church friends, work friends and relatives. The music was wonderful, and I think Weta would have loved that most of all. One song, a sort of gospel chant by the whole congregation led by a friend of Weta's, was particularly moving. Weta's mother, Hazel Spiller, sang too. By the time Weta's youngest daughter, Madison, came to the lectern to read a Scripture passage and a poem, no one had a dry eye. Michael, Weta's husband, helped Madison walk up and read the passage when Madison choked up. It was incredibly sad, but as the preacher reminded us over and over, Weta believed she would go to a better place and she was strong in her faith. I think that has to be a great comfort to her family and friends.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2008 on Sad times at Pam Nelson's Blog