Grammar Police

I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism (emphasis in print Journalism) and a minor in English (emphasis in Creative Writing). To say I am anal about grammar would be an understatement.

However, even with all of the years I’ve spent editing, writing, and learning, I KNOW that if I were to drag out my old grammar and/or style books, I would be guilty of many crimes against grammar. I’m not perfect, but at least I know this. So it is a little ridiculous for me to become so enraged when I see incorrect grammar that (to me, anyway) is obvious.

I overuse commas. I love ellipses. I use made-up words. I like to use caps to emphasize things. I use both run-on and fragment sentences. I really like dashes and probably use them inappropriately. I’m especially fond of prepositional phrases, as much as I try to phase them out. (HA!) I use parenthesis a lot and I am so guilty of changing point-of-view mid-stream it isn’t even funny.

I edit my posts, re-reading each entry to make sure things are spelled correctly, trying to make it as grammatically inoffensive as possible. If something sounds weird to me, I attempt to find out the rules so I may make it right. I welcome constructive criticism, and appreciate being told when things are incorrect, lest I be a grammar offender.

I just hope my grammatical errors aren’t causing people to cringe and run away screaming the way the people showcased in the following sites did for me. I hope you truly appreciate how much pain and embarrassment I suffered in the name of today’s FLINK. I’m extremely empathetic and I have a hard time watching or seeing things when people make fools of themselves unknowingly. So, without further ado, I give you:

The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotes

Apostrophe Abuse

and

The Perplexikon

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