Monday, March 4, 2013


WORDguy sez: Today is National Grammar Day. Commit random acts of editing.


Yes, I know, the grocer’s apostrophe is a weeping pustule on the shining face of English, and people who don’t know the difference between ‘less’ and ‘fewer’ should be marooned on a small, ice-covered island in the Arctic Sea. . . . What I cannot defend, however, is asshattery in the name of grammar.
“You may think you are some great Batman of Apostrophes, flitting through the dark aisles of the Piggly-Wiggly, bringing Truth and Justice to tormented signs everywhere! But in reality, you are a jerk who has defaced a sign that some poor kid, or some poor non-native English speaker, or some educated and beleaguered mom who is working her second job of the day, spent time making. . . .” 
“There is so much to celebrate about our language. English may be a shifty whore, but she’s our shifty whore. Please, this National Grammar Day, don’t turn her into a bully, too.”

—Kory Stamper, lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and blogger @harm·less drudg·ery, “A Plea for Sanity this National Grammar Day,” March 1, 2013
• Editorial Comment: As much as “15 items or less” makes me cringe, Kory and me agree on this.

Mignon Fogarty—The Grammar Girl: National Grammar Day—March Forth!
Chicago Tribune
Christian Science Monitor, including its grammar test
Martha Brockenbrough & SPOGG (Society for the Protection of Good Grammar)

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1 comment:

  1. One can respond to asshattery with apostrohia ranging from rolling one's eyes to scathing glances.