Finally, a topic that needs to be addressed and doesn’t have anything to do with politics. Sadly, those people who believe that using correct grammar (not to mention spelling and punctuation) is an important skill are frequently accused of being Grammar Nazis. But instead of carping about using the possessive case with a gerund or the proper use of the subjunctive tense, let’s approach this with a little humor.
Merriam-Webster (it’s a dictionary for those who may not know) celebrated #NationalGrammarDay with the following informative tweets:
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) March 4, 2018
Speaking of word crimes, Weird Al Yankovic (yes, that guy) addressed this issue a while back.
Some Grammar Nazis can be truly obnoxious and they only tend to aggravate people. Ooops, sorry, the definition of the word “aggravate” means to “make something worse” not to make people mad. But there are ways to help out your less literate friends without appearing to be a know-it-all. If you hear someone mispronounce a word, instead of correcting them on the spot, find a way to use that word in a sentence where you pronounce it correctly. Remember, you’re their friend, not their mother.
Speaking of Grammar Nazis, here is an hysterical (some might use “a”, but I prefer “an”) video that is a parody based on the movie “Inglorious Basterds.” Enjoy
If you are truly interested in improving your conversation and writing skills, subscribe to the Merriam-Webster twitter for a new word of the day. Always have handy access to a dictionary or a thesaurus. If you wish to become a writer then purchase a copy of “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk and E.B. White. You may be more familiar with White’s book “Charlotte’s Web” which in itself is a parable on the importance of writing.