I just realized that I never introduced myself.

I’m Gary McCarty, a semi-retired curmudgeon who lives in the Los Angeles area.  I have various degrees, two in U.S. history and one in journalism, and I for many years taught lower division courses for the University of Phoenix and American Intercontinental University while also consulting on Web projects. I now work in full-time cyber and print editing and publishing.

Anyway, this site will hopefully (now there’s a meaningless word) form the background for a book on English usage that will bear the same name*.

Please join in here to discuss whatever issue pertaining to English usage that you can think of or care about.  Just don’t ever end a sentence with a preposition.  LOL

*  Note from long ago:  I discovered that some doofus, or doofae, stole my idea and has written a book entitled Grammar Sucks; thus I changed my URL to grammarsource while retaining ownership of grammarsucks.  However, this book — if it still exists — could never have the wit or insight of anything I write, so I will come out with my own book of the same name and we can have duelling Grammar Suckses (the plural doesn’t seem too appropriate, does it?)

4 Replies to “About”

  1. English is my second language and I am looking for interactive online possibilities that would allow me to practice more English

  2. I am an 82 year-old non-retiree, with a family-owned specialized data processing minibusiness to maintain, at least until I can train one of our four children to xbase programming for large datafiles. .

    I have an undergraduate degree in journalism and communications and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. I worked at both specialties until personal computers entered our lives in late 1981, and I taught myself programming, on Microsoft’s DOS 1, on one of the first IBM-PC’s sold in Madison, Wisconsin.

    My wife and I are the only people we know who are turning their living+dining room into a full-scale library, and an in-house garage into a super-size kitchen.

    My wife, a trained archaeologist and anthropologist, has developed expertise in historical linguistics and has been teaching herself Sanskrit. Before I get too old, I hope to teach her chess openings and mid-game strategies. We have travelled far and wide by steamship and train.

    We live on a rural wooded site in south-central Wisconsin. At various times in the early 1940s, I lived with an aunt and uncle in West Hollywood, California. I still remember the old Pacific Electric red streetcars and the yellow streetcars on the Western Avenue line up to Santa Monica Blvd. (Truly, a wonderland for expatriate mid-westerners; then, even if not now.)

    Stay active. And ignore the doofuses, even if they steal your ideas, which, you must know, is the sincerest form of flattery.

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