Clearly, grammar is my jam. I just love it—and I’m going to argue the expression “That’s my jam” applies to more than just favorite music—so when I see words misused, I just have to stop and think, “did you really mean to write that?”
For example, if I see the phrase “door jam,” my imagination concocts all sorts of nonsensical ideas from jelly squeezed out of doors to architectural traffic congestion to something right out of the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
However, I’m guessing none of these are what a writer intends to imply.
- A “Jamb” is a vertical piece that frames a door or window.
- “Jam” as a noun is a delicious fruit-based spread, a difficult situation, a musical collaboration, an overcrowding or blockage, or a favorite song.
- “Jam” as a verb is push into a tight position or to be stuck and somehow dysfunctional.
I know those silent “b”s can sometimes be a bit sticky… I mean tricky… but I have faith you can use your words correctly.
Because using our words well should be everyone’s jam, right?
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