Words & Phrases most people get wrong

grammar post

Are you a grammer nerd? Did you notice I spelt grammar wrong in the previous sentence? Have you ever turned down guys (or girls) who asked you out because they made such cringe-worthy grammar flubs in their texts? Have you had English teachers in school whose grammatical errors made you weep silently?

My editor friend was just chatting with me about her workplace woes. She works for an online parenting magazine, and says she can never send in a piece without brutally editing it for typos, structure and factual content. It’s hard work. It seems to be near impossible to find (and hire) good writers. Before we think of becoming good writers, we should just aim to write simple content without grammatical errors. She then proceeded to tell me that if I were writing for her, she would happily approve my work to be published with no changes. I had to wait till I left her office to do a happy dance. I got her chocolate fudge the next day.Then I sat down to write this post. I thought I’d put together a list of words and phrases most people get wrong.

Everyday vs. Every Day

Everyday describes a thing that is ordinary or normal. Every day means “all of the days.” I have to wear pants every day. I wear my stupid pants and go to work everyday.

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6 Inspiring Travel Books by Women

Antony Bourdain is pretty great and all that, and so are those travel fashion blogger types who do multiple countries with like 17 bags, and a person in another bag who lives in there and only steps out to do their hair; but there are some pretty adventurous women who are writing things. I love reading a good travel story as much as I love telling one, so here’s a list of some of really awesome travel memoirs by some really incredible women. Hopefully mine will be on a list like this someday. But for now, let’s travel the world back and forth several times while sitting in the office.

  1. Wild, Cheryl Strayed

wild-book-coverThere’s Reese Witherspoon and an Oscar and some cute guy but THE BOOK CAME FIRST (yelling voice). At twenty two, Cheryl hits rock bottom. Her mother dies of cancer, she gets divorced and falls into a deep pit of substance abuse. Feeling like she has nothing left to lose, she impulsively decides to hike the 1100 mile Pacific Crest Trail despite having no training. She loses most of her toenails, swallows her mother’s ashes and teaches us that strength can be found in the unlikeliest of places, if only we’re brave enough to look.

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48 hours in Bangkok

When I was planning my trip to Thailand, I didn’t know where to start. I also was not prepared to fall completely in love with the country. Here’s a simple plan to get the best of Bangkok, especially if you have to get back to office on Monday (boo!). So, 48 hours (you might not sleep much). Your time starts now.

The first thing that hits you about Bangkok is that it’s overwhelming. You’ll be so torn in which direction to go and what to do first. Just soak it all in. And make sure that there’s another trip to Thailand in your future, because one just won’t do!

First things first, step out of your hotel and grab an ice tea; there’ll be tons of carts around no matter where you are. Slurp slurp while heading to the Democracy monument. It’ll only take a few minutes to walk past it in the swirling traffic to Khao San road. Khao San is a cocktail of two parts strange, one part thriving  and just a hint of crazy. You can get a tattoo, get a fake licence made, eat at the various pubs and bars lining the streets, eat the coconut ice cream (I highly recommend it! So good!). If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can try the fried spiders, scorpions, cockroaches, and other vermin. They’re known to be delicacies, but my stomach couldn’t handle the thought. I settled for spring rolls and pad thai instead.

The Democracy Monument

The Democracy Monument

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The best thing I ate in Bangkok

I wake up bright and early on what turned out to be a very very sunny day in Bangkok, Thailand ready to explore and eat all things new and unfamiliar. On a walk down a meandering little street in Ratchathewi on a blistering afternoon, among the many street carts selling various creatures freshly procured from the nearby Chao-praya river, I see a tiny Thai fellow of about twenty. His name is Jay. He is selling, of all things – French crepes! “No English”, he’ll announce to all the sweaty touristy faces; almost as though he can tell I’m about to utter something in the language of my country’s colonizer. He may not know a word of English, but the ease with which he quickly makes a crepe and pockets his money will totally amaze even the most pretentious French type. And I’m completely smitten of course.

{the magical crepe, please excuse my nails and also the fact that I have nibbled the top of the crepe before photo time}

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The Beginning…

Welcome to wherever you are! This is my favorite time of the year. So I thought I’d start something new. The Walrus in Alice in Wonderland said it best:

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,

“To talk of many things:

Of shoes and ships,

And sealing wax,

Of cabbages and kings,

And why the sea is boiling hot,

And whether pigs have wings.”

I’ll leave you with this picture of the sun setting over the sea in my city.

mumbai sun

Thank you for stopping by. And I hope you’ll stick around.

And the first post is up! Time to force Mom and BFFs to read it.

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