Grammar Nazi

Upturned Noses

Even the most laid back and egalitarian among us can be insufferable snobs when it comes to coffee, music, cars, beer, or any other pet obsession where things have to be just so. What are you snobbish about?

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The only thing I can think of is that I really am a grammar nazi.  I try not to be obnoxious about it, and I do NOT go around correcting everyone else’s grammar.  But it bothers me. Really bothers me.

Yesterday I heard a woman say she “axed” someone a question.

Someone else said “supposably” instead of supposedly.

I won’t even mention the misuse of there, they’re, their.

Apostrophes.  Oh my word.  Appalling. 

It’s kind of fun, though, to collect  misplaced modifiers.

My favorite:  I was in a rest stop in No Name, Colorado.  I was minding my own business in one of the stalls  when I glanced at the sign on the inside of the door.

It read, “Toilet flushes upon leaving stall.”

I laughed out loud.  Anyone else who happened to be in the  place probably thought there was a mad woman amongst them and promptly left, because the place was empty when I opened my stall’s door.

I remember reading an essay by a student who said that after a summer of fighting Indians, Daniel and Rebecca got married and had eleven children.

And everyone has heard about how old Abe Lincoln never wore anything but a stovepipe hat.

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23 thoughts on “Grammar Nazi

  1. I nearly when with the same “issue.” Instead, I realized that I’m not perfect in the realm of grammar. However, like you, I find myself snickering at grammatical errors all the time.

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    1. Dan’s apology here is for typing an “m” instead of “n” on his name. Apology accepted, Dan, everyone makes a typo now and then.

      And it’s true that God hears your prayer in spite of your grammar, but that doesn’t make grammar unimportant. I corrected yours only when you were my student. I’m not judging anyone in this post. It was written, and meant, in a light spirit, not a critical spirit.

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    1. No, it isn’t. Commas can be very confusing. I used to tell my students, “It’s as if you took a handful of commas, tossed them at your paper, and hoped a few of them landed in the right places!”

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      1. that’s exactly as i figured. very difficult when you learned the precision-driven rules of kommata in german grammar. thanks teach. i feel better now about my random tossings of ,s.

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