Friday, October 25, 2013

I Just Found Out I’m a Grammar Nazi

You might be a grammar Nazi if...

Yes I used the word Nazi in a title, but that doesn’t make me a bad person. I just want to emphasize my hatred of poor grammar. I’m not going to say that I was a perfect student who had fabulous grades in English. I did do well in my creative writing class, hence the blog. Somewhere along the line I developed some skill in detecting poor grammar. I don’t recognize slight infractions of grammatical law but I can spot a whopper.

This pretty well sums it up

I recently had the displeasure of working with someone who did some writing for me. It was mostly computer data entry work and didn’t require any real creative writing skills. The problem was they decided to get creative and write in a line or two in the description section instead of the pat answer of “Description goes here.” What I read made me cringe then turned me into a nut as I complained about their poor wording to my husband.

 Yup, I screamed also

I don’t know if it’s the fault of budget cuts in schools but I’ve seen basic writing skills decline over the years. It isn’t just the standard confusion of your and you’re or maybe the old trickster of their, they’re and there. It’s punctuation as well as grammar. I’ve seen titles written out as “Look here This is The title Of the Product!” People are confused and capitalize every other word so the title looks like a ransom note, and yes my spell check is going nuts right now.

You know you have a problem if your text messages look like this...

So I’ve turned into a grammar Nazi but unfortunately I’m not telling those who are making these huge mistakes that there is a problem. This is probably a disservice to them. We all make mistakes and the only way to learn is to know you made a mistake. I’m failing these people by looking their work over, silently vowing to never use them again, and then spending two or three frantic hours correcting their mistakes before something goes live. On the plus side at least I’m a closet grammar Nazi who is afraid to hurt someone’s feelings.

Some day I might get thumped with my own dictionary

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