Not Studying Grammar

It hasn’t hit me yet that I have a 3 hour grammar test tomorrow.

I had every intention to study. But I haven’t.

I was going to read a book about grammar. I didn’t open it.

Then again, I figure reading general books that have nothing to do with grammar will expose me to good sentence construction.

I’ve also been trying to convince myself that my grasp of grammar isn’t too shabby. I’m a writer, after all. How bad can my grammar be?

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On Learning Grammar

When I’m learning grammar, I feel smart and stupid at the same time. Smart because I like to think I have some knowledge about pronoun antecedent agreement, dangling modifiers, possessives, etc. But stupid because I don’t know everything.

There’s an annoying part of me that expects my small brain to know everything, especially when it comes to anything related to syntax or morphology. That part is also responsible for making me feel like I have to be perfect all the time. Guess what? I’m not. What a surprise.

She’s just going to have to accept my faulty judgement and erroneous ways.

I Love The Oxford Comma

I love commas. I mean I love every punctuation mark.

I don’t discriminate. I don’t exclude.

But I really love the Oxford comma. And if you don’t, I’m not judging you. *secretly judges you from afar*

How can you not love it and use it?

For the love of grammar, do employ commas correctly. Even better you can’t really go wrong with an Oxford comma. It tends to clear up confusion in some cases.

Who wants to be confusing and unclear?

Not you. So use the Oxford comma. And yes, I’m assuming everyone knows what it is because you should. Honestly, I’m too lazy to explain it. Also, someone out there has defined it more eloquently than I ever would.

So please, please my eyes and use the Oxford comma. And all commas. Correctly, especially. If I see a comma splice, it’ll be too soon.

Happy National Grammar Day + 5 Pet Peeves

Happy National Grammar Day!

Are you ready for these five pet peeves?

  • People abusing a word.
  • People misusing a word.
  • People who confuse two similar words.
  • People who don’t proofread their work.
  • People who don’t apply corrections to their work.

Conclusion: People peeve me.

You know what would fix that?

If we celebrated language year round.

If more people picked up a book or pencil once every blue moon.

If everyone tried to use good grammar and attempted to write well all the time.

Then people wouldn’t peeve me. Well, they’d peeve me less. Of course, writers and bloggers and readers aren’t just regular people. No no, they’re amazing human beings.

Name one writer who doesn’t apply corrections to his or her work? I don’t count.

Go ahead call me a hypocrite.

Good Grammar Matters In Love

It matters for me at least.

That’s why I don’t have a boyfriend.

My standards aren’t too high. I just want him to care about grammar. Don’t you see how little I’m asking for?

In all seriousness though, Grammarly did their research and created this lovely infographic. It speaks for itself.

Good grammar gets you places. Don’t believe me? Then keep scrolling.

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Be proud writers. Not everyone can write as well as you!

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day was yesterday, so I’m a bit late to the party.

However, raising awareness about the importance of literacy any day never hurts.

Grammarly has created a lovely infographic about global literacy. They even wrote a blog post about it, which you can find here.

Literacy Day

I hope you are able to help the cause by getting involved in whichever way you can.

One Is Not The Same As Won

How do people confuse the two?

I can understand (kind of) other commonly misused words and I can let other mistakes slide (sort of). However, I don’t get the confusion over the number and the past tense of win. If I see “one” when the person really meant “won”, it’ll be too soon.

I’m not bashing nine year olds. I’m bashing nineteen year old, third year university students.

Bite me.

Sue me.

But don’t for the love of God, misuse the word “one” ever again.

The Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd Grammarly Infographic

Coming your way in about three seconds is another infographic from the folks at Grammarly.

And yes, I love the Oxford comma as much as the next grammar enthusiast.

Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd Infographic

Do you consider yourself a grammar nerd?

Happy International Literacy Day!

Let me first start off by telling you a story.

I was sitting beside someone. (I won’t name names.) This person (I rather not specify which gender either) was sitting beside me. Interestingly enough, we were writing in class on this particular day. Being a curious writer, I glanced over at their paper. What I saw made me cringe. This person used ‘fell’ when they actually meant to use ‘feel’ and this led to…you can guess how this ends, right?

Never mind. I’ll tell you how it ends. For an hour, I was completely dumbfounded. But after my shock receded, I came home to pen this post even though I already had one scheduled.

By grade 12, shouldn’t you be able to distinguish between the two? Feel. Fell. Fell. Feel. They don’t even sound the same for crying out loud.

Which got me thinking…

Why does 99 percent of the population at my school hate reading?

I mean if everyone read, this ‘fell’ versus ‘feel’ mistake wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

So now I feel like I’m trapped in an island where everybody is privileged enough to have an education but unappreciative enough to be illiterate. Get me out of here.

OK I know I sound like a total jerk, but by 16, 17, 18, one does not simply confuse two words that don’t even sound the same.

On a much happier note, HAPPY INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY!

Someone tell me they plan on reading today. For my sake and sanity.

The En/Em Dash Dilemma

When people use an en dash (-) but really mean to use an em dash (—).

I can think of 3 reasons why someone would do this.

  1. They don’t know the difference between an en and an em dash.
  2. They have no idea how to insert an em dash on their computer program(s).
  3. They want to irritate me.