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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