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Friday, March 26, 2010

Use Gooder Grammar

I am not going to say I am a perfect writer. Far from it. But I bet 95% of the time you can judge a person's success by looking at how she expresses herself in writing.

Seriously, I am tired of seeing atrocious grammatical mistakes to the point of not being able to understand the meaning. From people that should know better too, sometimes. I call this site "Grammar Prude" but don't think for a second that I am some sort of fanatic. If I were to start with some snotty Rules of Grammar book, I guess what I'd do is sort through it to pick the rules that are important and the ones that can be ignored and make my own book. The whole point is whether you can communicate effectively. So don't comb through my writing and say, "That's not even a full sentence", because I already know that and don't care. You understanded it!

I've had a lot of practice being a pain in the ass grammar jerk.  I married a foreigner back in 1997, and with her blessing, I  was to correct all of her grammatical mistakes to help her improve her English. It felt like I was finally getting even for all the times my parents corrected me. And it did help! You know..."Did you went to the store?" doesn't happen anymore. But after several years, those corrections got so annoying, turned to a fight, and now I only infrequently make any comment.

So get ready for some ranting and raving. I'll try to stay on topic and make things interesting. Let me know what you think.