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6 Smart-Arse Language Resources

On the eve of International 'Correct Every Spelling Mistake You See on Facebook' Week I thought I'd take the time to share with you a few of my favourite online locales for the sarcastic and humourous correction of basic, written English.

Facebook Groups

Let's get the Internet's bumper stickers of the way straight up. I'm just going to nominate one that covers so many others out there: The correct usage of "You're", "Your", "There", "Their" and "They're". Surely you know a lot more and are part of a few!

The Oatmeal

Aside from kicking Justin Bieber's arse, this site just knows the grammar. There's comics on how to use an apostrophe, a semicolon;* ten words you need to start getting right (and an email response to it) and a quiz on your spelling on Twitter.

Hyperbole and a Half

This fantastic humour site gives you a few coping strategies for the spelling and grammar fails of others. Meet Alot; he is helpful in a number of ways:

So the next time you are reading along and you see some guy ranting about how he is "alot better at swimming than Michael Phelps," instead of getting angry, you can be like "You're right!  Alots are known for their superior swimming capabilities."

In case you ever forget, this is the classic and original spelling snark.

Synonyms for "Said"

A while back I posted a massive list of 234 other words you can use instead of "said." I don't know where it originates from, but I like it anyway.

How to Write a Passive Aggressive Note has an infographic posted from Column Five Media which can help resolve your lame-o house mate problems.

And that's it. Do you know any great resources that should have a mention here? I'd love to hear them!

*and I hope I got that right!