Aside from writing awesome posts, one of my duties around this blog is to make sure everyone else’s posts turn out awesome too. (Translation: I’m Editor-in-Chief.) Editing for a geeky blog has its quirks, to be sure, and that’s how I found myself Googling “is muggle capitalized” a few days ago. The first result that wasn’t Yahoo Answers was from the livejournal community fandom_grammar, and this is the story of how I fell in love.
The Fandom Grammar team is made up of fans from a variety of fandoms who have made it their mission to provide friendly grammatical instruction to the internet masses. They do this in a variety of ways. One way, as I discovered, was by answering tricky grammar and style questions about fandom subjects. Aside from my Harry Potter question, they have covered such varied topics as how to effectively write lolcat speech in fanfic and how to deal with transliteration in fandoms whose source language is not English.
They also occasionally post funny grammar-themed comics, or explain the etymology of various phrases and idioms like “let sleeping dogs lie” or “the calm before the storm” and how to use them effectively in your fanfic.
Their main activity, however, is teaching general grammar lessons about oft-misused words using fandom examples. Where else can you find Once Upon a Time’s Regina, Saiyuki Gaiden’s Konzen, Kenren, and Tenpou, and Tony Stark all in one place, helping authors better themselves? (The answer is probably some really weird crossover fic, but let’s not get into that.)
Fandom Grammar is a great resource for fanfic writers as well as any member of fandom with a passing interest in grammatical accuracy. They’re also always open to queries, so if you have a grammar question that needs answering, hop on over and ask a question!
(Oh, and yes. “Muggle” is capitalized, if you were wondering.)
Dear Esteemed Lady Saika,
It seems perhaps a bit cheeky, given your role and the topic of this post, to mention this, but I shal persevere.
In your penultimate paragraph (forgive me, I just love that word) I think something slipped under the editorial radar. This is what I see: “Their main activity, however, is teaching general grammar lessons about oft-misused words using fandom examples. They choose two words or phrases Where else can you find…” Did something get misplaced here, or cut out in error?
Not cheeky at all – honestly, I knew I would end up with some egregious error in this post because it was -about- grammar. Needless to say, it’s fixed now. Thanks for the catch!
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