Today is National Grammar Day. Founded in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, writer and founder of National Grammar Day and the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG), it’s gained popularity and according to the Chicago Tribune, warranted a letter from President Bush on the first day of its creation. Read the article, “A toast to National Grammar Day,” here.
There are certain grammatical errors that make me cringe. The misuse of lose versus loose, there versus their and just misspelling words for cute, marketing reasons. Krispy, Cheeze, xtra and others that I can’t think of right now. Yes, I understand that there are plenty of internet sites that do that for marketing reasons — to make them stand out, but I don’t like it. I just don’t.
Not to say I’ve never shortened words to text but I really try not to! It doesn’t take that much more effort to type the correct spelling of the word. I bet if I read back through all my blogs I’d find plenty of grammatical errors. One that continues to plague me is using the word the twice in a sentence. I don’t know why I do it, but it seems to happen frequently.
But, I try. I loved English throughout school and always made A pluses. It interested me as much as Algebra terrified me.
Popular slang words have been added to the dictionary over the years. Y’all (think Paula Dean) is there and I’m good with that since I’m Southern and I use it frequently. Youse (think Jersey Shore – youse guys) is there as well. Both have the same meaning.
One word I will not accept is irregardless. Argh-h! (argh-h is not a word as far as I know; it’s more of an interpretation of my being frustrated and making one of those sounds that’s hard to spell). Although it (irregardless) is in the dictionary and according to that source was coined in the 20th century — an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a single term. (I love that — “improper yoking”). 🙂
Grammer Girl says it’s acceptable to use “irregardless” in her Top Ten Grammar Myths (see number eight), but wow, did she get a barrage of comments on why it should not be used and it is not a word!
Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson went on a quest to seek out typos across the country and were featured on ABC after they spent over two months correcting those errors armed with sharpies and chalk. Read more here. That experience was turned into a book, The Great Typo Hunt. If you click on the link, you can view where they found those typos, state by state.
Anyway, Happy Grammar Day and please forgive any missppelings, wrong use of dashes, the the way I used semi-colons, misplaced and dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, ambiguous references, unidiomatic approximations, wordiness, excessive detail, run-on sentences…..