About the Author

I’m the author of a stack of grammar books (English Grammar For Dummies, English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, Webster’s New World Punctuation: Simplified and Applied, 1001 Grammar Practice Questions For Dummies) and an educator with four decades of experience teaching the rules of Standard American English. My only remotely cool moment came when I was interviewed by a reporter from MTV about the decision by “Panic! At the Disco” to drop the exclamation point.

Probably my best qualification for this blog, though, is that I am obsessed with words and language. I play Scrabble, do crossword puzzles, and walk into traffic when I’m trying to decide why “flammable” and “inflammable” mean the same thing. This blog is for anyone interested in grammar. It arises from my home, New York City.


8 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Ellie Presner

    Cool site! I think you and I are on the same page…so to speak. 😉 Love the whole signs thing.

    At my office, I have a sign up (saw it somewhere on a site, blew it up and cut it out) that says: “Open 24/7” and then under that it says CLOSED.

    Let’s stay in touch!

    P.S. – You paid a premium to not have “WordPress” in your URL, huh? Big spender? ;-))

  2. Denise Wong

    Dear Ms. Woods,

    I, too, love words. Errors are like stumbling blocks to me when I read. I have no education or background in editing but being an avid reader, I always spot errors – both a blessing and a curse.
    Last week I borrowed your book, “Basic English Grammar For Dummies”. With all due respect,
    Ms. Woods, there is a spelling error on page 18. Under School Assignments: “basked”. I know you mean “based” but alas, there it is. Your editors should have caught that for you.

    Aloha from Hawaii,
    Denise Wong

  3. rudy

    Hi Gerri,
    I always enjoy reading your blog and look forward to finding it in my inbox. On my way home from HM recently, I was driving up Broadway when I encountered a truck which had the following words on its rear end: “Construction Vehicle..Do Not Follow”; It fits in with your pursuit of the ungrammatical and illogical. Obviously, I didn’t obey the command to not follow, but I did get the hint about not trying to pass this behemoth on the right (it had an arrow pointing to the left hand side saying “Passing Side”; on the left it said “Suicide”. .


    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi, Rudy. Glad you like the blog. I have a lot of fun writing it. I love the “Do Not Follow” sign. What did they want you to do? Give up and make a U-turn? Leap over the truck?

  4. Windischgirl

    Gerri, I think of you at least once a day, on my commute to work. I pass a middle school with a sign out front expressing pride in their basketball team, The Drakes. Of course, the girls’ team is billed as The Lady Drakes.
    And then I wonder: shouldn’t the girls team be The Ducks?
    Thanks for making me smile! All the best.

    1. Geraldine Post author

      The middle school sign intrigued me, so I did some research on ducks and drakes. “Drake” is defined as “a male duck,” but “duck” applies to both male and female. It can also be more specifically female when it’s paired with “drake.” Interesting that the feminine term is also unisex. Maybe the teams should be “the Ducks” and the Lord Ducks”! That thought makes me smile — so thanks!


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