Grammar Blog: Week 10: What is Gaming?


I am a Las Vegas native. I was born and raised here. It turns out I also play an unhealthy amount of video games.

So I say the following as a Las Vegas person who also plays video games: I’ve always considered “gaming” a reference to video games. Gambling refers to a system, it could be a game, wherein one bets a certain amount of something in the hopes of winning more of that something. Probably something of a tangible value like money.

As an example: A game of blackjack for the sake of playing blackjack is an example of gaming.

A game of Starcraft II played for a bet is an example of gambling.

Gambling can involve games of all sorts, but gaming can be associated with games that are normally correlated with gambling.

Although there are video games with various gambling mini-games in them, such as Final Fantasy XII-2. I would consider those to be gambling simulators since no real money is actually won or lost, just in-game currency that cannot be paid for with real money.

So one could use gaming to gamble, but one typically gambles through the system of a game.

So take it from a native: Although I consider gaming to refer to video games, there are plenty that use gaming to refer to gambling.

Why are words weird?


Grammar Blog: Week 9: You?


I’ve never considered the usage of you. Not you specifically, but the word “you.” I’ll be honest, I’ve considered Yu Darvish more than I’ve actually considered the word usage of “you.”

When I do think of “you,” I realize I’m thinking of myself. When I think to myself about myself, I say and think “you.” “You” doesn’t refer to a separate entity all the time. “I” has its substantial use within my inner thoughts as well, but I still use “you” to refer to myself at times. It’s usually in some particularly admonishing way, like “You can do better,” or if I want to encourage myself, I’d say “You fucking rock!”

I’ve also noticed “you” being used often in interviews. Sports interviews in particular.

Stanton, the interviewee, says “You’ve always got to be ready” at around 1:05. He’s obviously not telling the interviewer he has to be ready to hit a fastball, but Stanton himself has to be ready.

I couldn’t find much writing on the matter other than my own observations, so take my word for it, and the word of the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, that you always have to prepare for a fastball.

But you or I cannot prepare to hit a fastball at all times, so I just opened up my bookmarks, and went straight for the wiki.

I can’t say it actually means anything really, but it’s just a usage of “you” I’ve always noticed. It mostly seems to happen in impromptu on-field interviews. It’s just something you have to prepare for, you know?

Wait, there’s more?

There’s more.

Before this class, I’m fairly certain I had never heard “yunz.” “Y’all” fo’ sho, but never “yunz.” “Yous” is something I’ve always considered to be a type of east coast slang based solely on a Kevin Smith video I saw.

So of course, I can’t find it anywhere. I guess DeNiro will have to step in.

I’ve just thought of both as weird variations of “you” that I would never use.

My god, Grammarly is screaming at me for even typing in “yunz.”

Maybe English don’t make sense.

Grammar Blog: Week 6: – or -?


Guys, I had no idea morse code was a part of modern Grammar. It’s the only place where I found all of the – (Not T’s, but – and – obviously). It seems just a little anachronistic to use this form of communication when we have other forms of communication. I can’t even recall the last time I thought about using my phone to transmit an SOS in morse code. Am I also expected to have



It’s a little much to expect me to use a form of communication that went out of favor in 1999.

Wait… (S)



Oh, this isn’t suddenly a morse code Grammar class.

Well someone should have told me we were talking about – and -, not – and -. Reading context on the Internet is once again proven to be really difficult.

So let’s talk about and leave on the side for now.

Does anyone really think about their hyphen use? Do you keep up-to-date? Once you’ve taken a look at it, it doesn’t seem too difficult. You might have spent one-third of a minute in a trance-like state considering what a hyphen does, but you’ve figured it out by now.

hyphens are used to join two words or parts of words together while avoiding confusion or ambiguity.

Although like most thing in English,

Consult your dictionary if you are not sure if a hyphen is required in a compound word, but remember that current usage may have shifted since your dictionary was published.

Of course.

Dashes seem even more ambiguous in their use. This may not be true in practice for most people, but for one such as I, it can be confusing. I’ve never really dug the use of dashes. I wouldn’t say I avoided them, but I don’t usually think of a situation where I should use one.

You may not think it could be confusing – it is.

This may or may not be an example – you never know.

You may have been the wind beneath my wings – maybe.

If my glowing not-so-obvious examples were not enough then let definitions enlighten your dashing mind.

Dashes can be used to add parenthetical statements or comments in much the same way as you would use brackets.

Alright, that doesn’t seem so bad, I bet you could use this in any situ-

In formal writing, you should use the bracket rather than the dash as a dash is considered less formal.


But most important of all, when I think of dashes, this comes to mind:

Dashes can be used to create emphasis in a sentence.

In the approximately ninety-one-billion-years I’ve spent thinking about hyphens and dashes, I hope my research helped in some small way – you never know.





Grammar Blog: Week 5:Buy Indent Today!


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Oh… I see you’ve discovered one of my many jobs related to grammatical terms that happen to be named after companies… I mean, we can’t surely be referring to the act where one simply nudges the opening sentence in a paragraph a little to the left. If we are, I have a horrible secret to tell. I do warn you that the following may be unsuitable to anyone’s eyes…


I’ve been trying to indent on this page for the last twenty minutes, but it never shows up. The other dirty secret? I love indenting so much thanks to academia.

Man, I really do.

It kills space. It signals the start to a new paragraph. It actually makes whatever I am writing look tiny bit more professional than before. The benefits for the paper driven college student are enormous. You really only need one, although there are up to four.

But trust me, and yes, you should trust someone who begins their sentences with “but,” you need to invest in indents today, and you only really need to use one kind. Shore up your indents today!