I am a Master Corrector or a Grammar Nazi. One of those. Except When it Comes to ME.

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I use Grammarly for proofreading because I like affirmation of my perfection. 

I am a Grammar Nazi. It’s kind of a problem.

Grammar nazi

Ever since I was a little girl, I found myself correcting the grammar of just about anyone who ever used the following words/phrases:


Don’t want no

Apparently, this was incredibly embarrassing for my mom. Because even though she’s the REASON I was all, “Ain’t isn’t a word!” and yelling at adults, she wasn’t a fan of it. I was a master corrector. At age 3. I hated when anyone would tell stories about me, because they’d always tell them wrong. And I would correct that too.

Baby Chrissy Swimming
Would you argue with that face?

So it’s no surprise that I picked up writing in Grade 1. I mean, go read the first poem I ever wrote if you don’t believe me. (I really did post my first poem. Because I was adorable. And yes, there are grammar errors. We didn’t all START out perfect. GEEZ.)

Actually, it’s true. My grammar wasn’t always exceptional. It wasn’t until I started my master’s degree program (English teaching) and when I taught reading comprehension with math and writing application that I really improved my writing style.

Now, you’ll find me in Skype, teamed up with several English and journalism majors, as we fight the war on grammar, one Skyping co-worker at a time.

It drives them crazy.

Especially when we self-correct our own errors. Hey, everyone makes mistakes!

But I too make my own grammar faux pas. On purpose. Because I love them.

My favorite grammar no-no’s

  • I LOVE to overuse ellipsis…LOVE it…a lot.
  • Passive voice is loved by me.
  • Short, incomplete sentences. Yes.
  • I’m a big fan of the Oxford comma, commas in general, and way. Too. Many. Periods.


Do you have grammar errors that you make on purpose, for style? Grammar Nazi tendencies?

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10 Responses

  1. I don’t even know what an ellipses is. I blocked out the name of all grammatical…things. I can only imagine the errors I make on a daily basis, but I can’t label them. That’s why I have so many friends obsessed with grammar. They rescue me when I get stuck.

  2. In high school, I used to use a red pen and correct the grammar and spelling of the notes my best friend passed to me in class. No, I do not know why she is still my friend, thirty years later. You would think she would have dropped me for being such a Grammar Nazi.

    I also love the Oxford comma. Anyone who says that it is not necessary is just wrong.

  3. Anyone who says the Oxford comma is a no-no is WRONG! I’ve never heard an argument against it that makes any sense. (Actually I’ve never heard any arguments against it… I just know it must be considered wrong because people like us are constantly defending it. Is it really just to save a character space? Whose idea was it to sacrifice clarity for one character space?)

  4. I commit every single one of the grammar faux pas you favorited. Except for the passive voice– I try to slay that dragon on a daily basis. It creeps up to undermine me when I’m attempting to fake it till I make it.

  5. My biggest pet peeves are misused apostrophe’s, messing up too/to & your/you’re and lack of Oxford commas…. see what I did their? 🙂

    (Grammar Fanatics unite!)

  6. Oh my.You sound way too much like me. Really…I use ellipses all the time. While I may over use them, I really feel the rest of the world really just under utilizes a great tool. There are rules I know and just break because I can…but does it bug you when people break the rule, but don’t have a clue that there’s a rule that they’re breaking?

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