So we all make mistakes sometime. There’s not enough time to properly revise your term paper, you need a second pear of eyes to look over that blog post. But you just want to get it done. Receiving feedback for the rushed-through writing, you realize that you missed necessary commas misplaced prepositions and neglected correct spellings. You’re reminded that grammar isn’t just a set of nagging rules, but established guidelines that steer language toward clarity. Oh grammer.
If you were a member of the original “I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar” group on Facebook, then perhaps your familiar with Sharon Eliza Nichols’ book of the same name, and this month’s feature More Badder Grammar! Nichols’ second book compiles more signage of grammar blunders and “boo-boo’s.” Newscast screen shots of incorrect usage of “their,” “there”, and “they’re.” Unnecessary apostrophe mark’s. “Oddly” placed quotations marks. Its all in the book. Documented.
While we don’t mean to judge unfairly — some individuals may not have had access to schooling where proper grammar is learned — we do appreciate the humor that sometimes comes with grammar misuse just as much as the value of grammar. Did you see this gem going around? Whoever played with the magazine headline understood not only the chuckles resulting in missing commas, but the value of grammar”s power to help us communicate accurately.
Is your Geek Week confession one of grammar? This book is for you. Win a copy by leaving a comment that responds to the question below. Feel free to play around with grammar yourself to make it funner!
Considering the state of text messaging and social media communication, do you think that grammar rules should remain upheld? Or, should they evolve with our ever-changing technology?
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Go fourth grammar superstars!!!!!