if i write a sentence with no capitalization…is it like nails on a chalkboard to you? When you see a dangling participle does it make you want to grab your scissors so you can snip it off? Put it out of its misery?
Or do you roll with the bad grammar punches?
Well, I can and I can’t.
I read a lot of ebooks and the grammar errors in those books are wildly out of control. Do publishers not have editors for ebooks? Seriously. I don’t get it.
I’m not the grammar police by any means. I make little grammar mistakes here and there all the time. I do try to catch them…but I’m not always successful.
Case in point: the title of my last blog post has one too many “hows” in it. See? Not perfect.
Grammar faux pas and my inner grrrr
I do have one grammar pet peeve I need to mention though. It’s when people spell a lot as one word. How has this happened? You don’t write, “I have abunch of carrots” or “She has acollection of books”.
Anyway…that one really gets my inner grrrr going.
Make grammar lessons fun! Oh, and read more!
I know people far and wide lament the poor grammar that is out there. I think it could all be resolved if teachers would simply make grammar lessons more fun for students.
Oh and if people would simply read more. But wait. If books are published with grammatically incorrect text from front to back cover, then how can they help? (See ebook point above.)
Vicious circle. Clearly.
Back to my point about making grammar lessons fun. The Oatmeal – as you may know – writes truly funny (and educational!) grammar lessons. His best one by far is on the proper way to use a semicolon.
Have you read it? If not, go! Read it now! Come back and tell me it’s not funny. I dare you.
I realize this particular grammar lesson The Oatmeal provides is perhaps a wee bit inappropriate for fledgling minds but my point is still valid. Grammar lessons can be fun.
They can educate through preposterous yet ridiculously funny examples. (Hairy knuckle shampoo for everyone!)
I do my best to catch grammar mistakes in my writing. I also fail every now and then. It’s inevitable so please be kind. When you come across one, let me know which grammar faux pas I committed.
What’s a grammar pet peeve of yours? Or do you think it’s crazy to carry this kind of pet peeve around? like maybe i should let “alot” of it go. *wink. wink.* Ha! I kills me.