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In Defense of the Oxford Comma (a texting convo)

me:
What did you get Ross for his bday?
Lindsay:
Some clothes, gumby and I went in for a fancy camera lens with a few other people.
me:
Who is gumby?
Lindsay:
Gumby and the horse? Google it.
me:
I know who Gumby is but how can green clay help get Ross a lens?
Lindsay:
lol I got him a gumby, and some family and friends went in with me for the lens.
me:
Oohh see this is why we still need the Oxford comma.

Filed under oxford comma grammar texting complications happy birthday Ross Gumby I believe the horse's name is Pokey green clay shopping with Gumby fancy camera lens

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Internally Blowing a Gasket

I just finished my Advanced Grammar midterm, and I just noticed that I have six small hives on the back of my right leg. Hives have become a part of my body’s way of dealing with stress. It used to freak me out in undergrad, but it doesn’t phase me in grad school.

You know what does bother me? Condescension. It’s one of my least favorite qualities. In my grammar class, we’re required to post to an online forum. A couple of my classmates really love to get on their high horses and congratulate themselves for spotting the misuse of “your/you’re” on Facebook. Whoop-di-do. You must be a freakin’ genius. I just feel lucky to know enough about grammar to know that I’m practically illiterate. I graduated from one of the toughest journalism schools in the nation, and there’s a lot more to grammar than there/their/they’re. Micro-editing for correct grammar is hard. Copy editors are nocturnal mole creatures who break down the rules of the AP style guide to the smallest fractions possible, like an ant picking a piece of dandruff off of her baby’s head and looking at it under a teeny-tiny ant microscope. That is how insanely intense and small grammar can be.

One of my classmates loves to bitch about how lazy people are “nowadays.” In her latest post, I counted 17 grammatical errors. I want to point this out to her, but I’d feel terrible if I humiliated her. I guess I am just waiting for her to make an overly arrogant post, and then I’m going to snap.

Filed under grammar really? rant grad school high high horses editing AP style guide stress People drive me crazy