Candidates for the therapy of GRAMMARHOLICS (not so) ANONYMOUS … ? Virtual meetings are available regularly!
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Listen here … The Grammar Police on You Are What You Speak
This week, we had the honor of participating in a radio feature on the national morning radio show, The Takeaway (produced by Public Radio International, WNYC, the BBC, WGBH Boston, and The New York Times). What fun!
The request was for an interview, “… to discuss your issues with language usage and misusage. Should we be trying to stop the world’s grammatical errors? Or should we accept the various misuses as part of our evolving language?”
In addition, Robert Lane Greene, author of “You Are What You Speak,” was the second guest. In his opinion, language policing is often just about supporting class, ethnic and national prejudices.
Check it out … and, thanks for listening!
Listen here … The Grammar Police on You Are What You Speak
P.P.S. Click here to read about what started the feud with Hanes …
Posted in General, GrammarGag Reel (fun stuff), GrammarGarnish (wordplay), tagged 12 steps, anonymous, confusion, correct, definition, dictionary, English, fun, goof, Grammar Police, grammarholics, language, learn, mistake, normal, noun, object, pet peeve, punctuation, question, sentence, steps, twelve, usage, verb, vocabulary, words, writing on August 8, 2010| 6 Comments »
Have you been to a meeting lately?
THE TWELVE STEPS OF GRAMMARHOLICS (not so) ANONYMOUS
1. We admitted we were powerless over proper grammar—that our grammar had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a grammar greater than that which we use ourselves could restore us to proper usage.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the use of proper grammar as we learned it.
4. Made a searching and fearless oral, verbal, and written inventory of our grammar.
5. Admitted to the Grammar Police, to ourselves, and to a grammar school teacher the exact nature of our misusage.
6. Were entirely ready to have proper grammar remove all these defects of usage.
7. Humbly asked for proper grammar to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all grammar rules we had broken, and became willing to make corrections to them all.
9. Made direct corrections to such grammar rules wherever possible, except when to do so would perpetuate a miscommunication of them or others.
10. Continued to take an personal inventory of our grammar and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through sentence structure and punctuation to improve our conscious contact with proper grammar, as we learned it, seeking only for knowledge of grammar’s will for us and the proper usage to carry that out.
12. Having had a grammatical awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to grammarholics, and to practice these principles in all our communications.
One day at a time …
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Posted in General, GrammarGoofs & Gaff(e)s, GrammarGripes (pet peeves), tagged @GrammarCops, confusion, correct, English, goof, grammar, Grammar Police, I vs. me, learn, me vs. I, mistake, object, pet peeve, question, subject, usage, words, writing on July 20, 2010| 1 Comment »
Please see our post: I is not an object …
You have provided several examples to ask your one question. This makes the answer more complex than the one word responses you received on the Web site.
What you ask is, effectively, which should be used as a subject, I or me? “Betty and I (subject) are going out.” is correct here. “Betty and me are going out.” is incorrect. It is not surprising to us that you have heard incorrect usage on TV. We could likely make a living correcting grammatical misuse on TV.
Now, when you move on to your … “Or join Betty and me.” you have changed the question … this is correct because, as we mentioned in our earlier post, “I is not an object …” In this case, me is correctly used as an object.
BTW, we recommend spell checking the title of your post: “… English/grammer”
Thank you for your (unknowing) contribution to our blog.
Posted in General, GrammarGoofs & Gaff(e)s, Vocabulary Builders, tagged adjective, confusion, contraction, correct, definition, dictionary, English, facebook, Flickr, goof, grammar, Grammar Police, language, mistake, normal, pet peeve, pronoun, punctuation, twitter, usage, vocabulary, words, writing, you're, your, your vs. you're on July 13, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Our unplanned Grammar Goof theme-of-the-day emerged from these observations:
In a banker’s response to a customer successfully accessing Internet Banking: “I’m glad to hear that your in.” Should be: you’re.
In a Twitter reply: “Your quite welcome …” Should be: You’re.
In a Facebook Wall message: “Excited your on facebook.” Should be: you’re.
In another Facebook Wall comment: “… your awesome and I am proud to be …” Should be: you’re.
Thanks to Nancy Wombat for this entry:
Should be your.
And, thanks to a homeseller in Missouri for (unknowingly) contributing to this post …
Should be you’re.
Here are the rules …
BTW (by the way), in Textspeak …
Sources: dictionary.com, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter
Posted in General, GrammarGoofs & Gaff(e)s, GrammarGripes (pet peeves), tagged comma, confusion, correct, email, English, goof, grammar, Grammar Police, language, mistake, pet peeve, phish, punctuation, spam, their, their vs. there, there, they're, they're vs. their, usage, Web, words on June 27, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Got this spam/phishing email a few weeks ago about unusual bank activity and a possible suspension of a bank account … yeah, right.
“Dear Bank Customer_ ,
Because of unusual number of invalid login attempts on your account, we had to believe that, their might be some security problem on your account…”
Comma Clout needed:
Grammar Policing needed:
See the Grammar Police blog post: “There you have it … ” for more on There vs. Their (and They’re).