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The Masked Grammarian
By Joyce Sterling Scarbrough
Last edited: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2004

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If you were a Superhero, who would you be?

I would be...

...faster than a run-on sentence, more powerful than italics plus an exclamation point, able to spot a passive verb at a thousand yards...THE MASKED GRAMMARIAN! Disguised as a mild-mannered wife and mother by day, our heroine seeks out careless writing under the cover of darkness and wages a one-woman war against wordiness, double negatives, and the dreaded dangling participle. With her atomic heat vision--powered by megadoses of caffeine and a pair of fashionable reading glasses--she reunites split infinitives by the dozens. With a superhuman vocabulary too vast for mere mortals to comprehend, she zaps clichés and redundancies into oblivion. No one knows for certain how she came to be the Purveyor of Powerful Prose. Could she be from the planet Nerdulus...or is the secret to her powers the true -blue tome that never leaves her possession? If only there were a way to obtain a copy of that Azure Allegory!

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Reviewed by Jerry Aragon Ph.D (Phunny humor Doctor) 6/29/2011
I enjoyed the reed...

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Reviewed by Joe Prentis 6/1/2009

I always like your writing and especially your sense of humor. I love The Masked Grammarian and the good she is doing in the world. If a few heads have to roll, we need to keep in mind just how many heads there are and how few of them are being used for any worthwhile purpose.

Joe Prentis
Reviewed by Peggy Blann-Phifer (Reader) 6/1/2009
Loved this! Perhaps I should request a visit from said Masked Grammarian. Or would that be maybe I should FEAR a visit from her? In either case, this little fantasy was a fun read.

Well done, Joyce.
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 1/15/2008
You are my hero. I spent 32 years in a classroom doing this very work. And my son is now the Grammar Warrior in his insurance office. Woe to the adjuster who misspells "it's/its"--I've had it with bad gramamr and redundant expressions on the news too! Well said, Joyce. Eileen
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/15/2004
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 8/15/2004

An adorable and humorous write that drew me right in to the end! If I could rate you on this one you'd get a 10+ for the best promotional article I've read yet! I am going to sit back and take lessons from you! EXCELLENT

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