This post was sponsored by the fine folks at Grammarly. They may have compensated me to write this post, but I also paid for the program, because I’m a believer in their services. And sometimes I make mistakes.
I use Grammarly for proofreading because I like affirmation of my perfection.
I am a Grammar Nazi. It’s kind of a problem.
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.
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?
This post is sponsored by Grammarly. Because I love them. Fact.