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Alumna blogs about grammar with her ‘syntax sister’

A former English major and her sister — now both college composition instructors — are writing a blog about language and grammar.

Meredith Berman Ellis '04 and her sister, Daniele Berman Jackson — calling themselves The Syntax Sisters — write about correct English language and proper grammar, while answering questions and trying to keep it light and funny.

A recent posting discusses the confusion over “peak” and “peek”; reviews the rules to avoid plagiarism, and recommends books for those who want more guidance, including Strunk & White's “The Elements of Style,” Lynne Truss's “Eats Shoots and Leaves,” and William Zinsser's On Writing Well,” among other favorites.

Ellis, an English major who graduated summa cum laude, says she owes her success to the Colleges' English department.

She completed honors and minored in anthropology, was named to the dean's list and was a member of Hai Timiai and Thel. She is now an adjunct instructor at LeMoyne College in Syracuse. Her husband, Bradley J. Ellis '03, is pursuing a Ph.D. in reading and language arts at Syracuse University.

Check out Their blog.