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This week, on Twitter, we corrected a tweet …

from:

“Proper grammar and punctuation is a turn on.”

to:

@GrammarCops: Proper grammar and punctuation ARE a turn on 🙂

This led to an interesting Twitter conversation with one of our Followers (Tweeps). It went something like this …

@mergyeugnau: But where is the punctuation at the end of that sentence? *heartbroken* 

@GrammarCops: Isn’t the 🙂 acceptable Twitter punctuation? Just like some dot an i with a heart  … can’t we use a 🙂 as a period? Reprieve?

@mergyeugnau: I will accept it as your custom in the future. What is the equivalent of a neologism – a neoregulism perhaps?

@GrammarCops: NEOPUNCTISM

@mergyeugnau:  I think that ‘neopunctism’ is the correct word for a subset of grammatical ‘neoregulisms’ that is specific to punctuation.

We just wanted to share with you this excellent example of neologism, and introduce you to a few neowords of the day:

NEW

neologism. noun.

  • a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
  • the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words.
  • a new doctrine, esp. a new interpretation of sacred writings.
  • Psychiatry. a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker: occurring most often in the speech of schizophrenics.

neoregulism. noun.

  • a new law, rule, or other order prescribed by authority (such as Grammar Police a.k.a. GrammarCops, their Deputies and/or Twitter Followers), esp. to regulate grammar or conduct.
  • the introduction or use of new regulations or the state of being neoregulated.
  • Thanks to @mergyeugnau

neopunctism. noun.

  • a new punctuation mark or punctuation usage.
  • the introduction or use of new punctuation or new senses of existing punctuation.
  • a new precept, esp. a new interpretation of sacred punctuation.
  • Twittery. a new punctuation mark or usage, often consisting of a combination of other punctuation marks, that may only be understood only by the Twitterer: occurring most often in the text of schizophrenic Twitterers.

Sources: Twitter (esp. @mergyeugnau and @GrammarCops), dictionary.com

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And we wondered what our blog topic would be today. It never seems to fail … something interesting comes up.

Today, on Twitter, we got the question (via a follower’s tweet):

“Does anyone know what the collective for ‘authors’ is? Grammar geeks, I need you!”

This sent us running for our copy of the fabulous book: “An Exaltation of Larks or, The Venereal Game” by James Lipton, which is, by most measures, the authority on collectives. Once we turned the cover, we were, once again, in deep; off and running, figuratively, in our own little collective world.

This book is delightful. We highly recommend it for those who enjoy a good play of words. And, these entries can be put to practical use too.

As a tribute to the great Dr. Lipton, we offer some additions to this ever-growing list of collectives. We begin with one that we invented because we did not find the answer to today’s original question …

A composition of authors.

And so, here goes:

  • A schedule of planners.
  • A class of trainers.
  • A quota of sales reps.
  • A pool of typists.
  • A service of customer agents.
  • A circuit of engineers.
  • A board of chip designers.
  • A club of golfers.
  • A string of gift wrappers.
  • A cut of hairdressers.
  • A cell of inmates.
  • A cord of bungee jumpers.
  • A package of UPS drivers.
  • A cue of pool players.
  • A clue of detectives.
  • A deck of carpenters.
  • A pad of stenographers.
  • A capsule of pharmacists.
  • A tablet of scribes.
  • A mess of marines.
  • A gang of oneupsmen.
  • A ledger of accountants.
  • A set of screenwriters.
  • A patch of menders.
  • A pack of hikers.
  • A register of cashiers.
  • A league of SCUBA divers.

Enjoy, and feel free to add your own.

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corporal punishment. n. bodily punishment (severe handling or treatment), as flogging, inflicted on the body of one convicted of a crime; or as spanking, inflicted on a child by an adult in authority. Can you say “Catholic school?”

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