Saturday, January 22, 2011

Grammar

I care about grammar. A lot. Unfortunately, technology has made it nearly impossible to avoid seeing a constant stream of grammatical blunders, and they drive me crazy! For example: I text my  husband "I love you." He responds "I love you to babe." GAH! At that moment, I begin to question everything:
What is happening? What is wrong with this society, where a smart man like my husband can't even be bothered to learn the differences between to and too? I mean, does he really love me? If he really did love me, he'd listen when I tell him for the millionth time that "I love you too" needs TWO O's!  He doesn't even love me enough to care the I care about grammar! 
See? Grammatical errors actually make me question reality. But I'm obviously not the only one who cares. Click her to read an amazing post about the Alot above. 
In order to keep myself from going insane and questioning my husband's love and the goodness of humanity, I've had to learn to laugh at it. And to smile inside when I notice the continual errors plaguing those of us who were stupid enough to study English in college (and I only minored in English! I pity you English majors, I really do.)


But I'll admit, the word "like" is my downfall. I never, never use "like" improperly when I'm writing, but I can't get through a day without accidentally slaughtering the English language and using "like" to describe what someone said. Perhaps all this grammatical rage is only an offensive cover-up to confuse people and distract them from noticing my grammatical flaws. 
Is it, like, working?

6 comments:

  1. It's, like, you know.... definitely working!!!! I love you.
    Thanks for pitying the English majors. We pity ourselves, TOO ;)

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  2. I like (notice correct usage) your post, Alot. ;-)

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  3. Guilty! The word Alot and I are very very good friends. I frequently get surprised that spell check does not like it. sigh.

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  4. Then you move to a foreign country where you are surprised if you see something in English that is spelled correctly or makes sense. You also begin speaking terribly and wonder if you even speak the English language. Rereading this I had to fix at least three words which didn't make any sense in the sentence. There is no hope for me.

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  5. Haha I like Emily's comment! I dealt with the same thing when I came back from China, except that I'm sure it's 1,000 times worse for her since she'll have been gone longer.
    And, sadly for me, I used to be a grammar Natzi as well, but my language skills have slowly been declining. I've caught myself about to text "You forgot you're book here" and similar horrifying things. At least I still catch it, though.

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  6. so, r u, like, gunna come live w/ me?



    ;)

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