Monday, April 14, 2014

Thoughts from a Recovering Grammar Nazi

Look, I get it.  People who can't write properly are a little irritating. It seems like it shouldn't be that difficult to figure out when to use "their/they're/there." I, too, know the impulse to correct or mock, and oh yes, the overwhelming need to passive aggressively bemoan the state of improper grammar that permeates the internet. I have been that girl.

Until I just... stopped.

I eventually got to a point where I thought, "Who cares? Does the fact that someone else used 'effect' incorrectly really affect me? Can't I just let it go and not worry about it? Can't I relax?"

What I found out was that... I could!  And I could generally just not care whether other people used the wrong word or spelled something wrong, whether by ignorance or laziness or the sheer act of their brain moving faster than their fingers.

It's not that I never notice it. But I've stopped letting myself be affected by it, and I've stopped not-extending grace to those who may mess up.

So, relax.  No one's doing it just to piss you off.

5 comments:

  1. Ah yes, this is something I noticed about myself in recent years. Sometimes I do find myself rolling my eyes, depending on the who (like professional companies, etc.), but mostly I just ignore it. Unless I'm teasing a friend, in which case, it's on! :D

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  3. Good timing. I'm struggling - seriously struggling - with this.

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  4. I have a hard time with that. Seeing those simple grammar errors makes me cringe. I'm not perfect with English grammar since I'm Swedish, but I know my apostrophes and they're/there/their and all that because that's basic knowledge in my world.
    However, I have a blog friend who makes those errors all the time. He's brilliant otherwise, but...
    I'm trying to just accept it because I can't change the world's way of writing no matter what I do. If it's too much (like both apostrophe errors AND the rest) I actually stop reading because it kind of hurts my eyes. But I try hard to just ignore it.
    I guess I'm also one who is struggling really bad with this.

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  5. I would have benefited immensely from having this as I entered college--far more useful, in fact, than nearly half the "core" curriculum texts they had as required reading

    I.E.L.T.S Test mythology

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