Guest Post: A Grammar Geek’s Goals for 2011

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This post, friends, is why Mary and I click like we do. Love her! I’ll do my best to adhere to these rules this year as well.
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First of all, let’s get something straight. This year is pronounced, “twenty eleven,” not “two thousand eleven.” After all, that’s how the good Lord – and the Associated Press – intended it.


Now, on to this grammar geek’s goals for the year.

What? Don’t tell me you don’t have grammar-related goals? Crazy.

Well, for those of us who lean toward the nerdy side of things [insert raised hand here, right after I push up my glasses and adjust my suspenders], here are a few resolutions I’m making this year.

1. Learn to edit my own writing.

For the love of all that’s good and grammatical, I must learn to proofread my own work better. How can I ever hope to truly own my nerd status – not to mention my fledgling freelance proofreading business! – if I miss typos in my own prose?!

I’m determined to make 2011 the year that I no longer need to make excuses (e.g. I’m just not good at proofing my own stuff!).

2. Quit critiquing people I don’t know.

You know you’ve done it. Pass by a sign at the grocery store . . . or library . . . or gas station . . . or, well, you get the point – and do a double take when you see a misspelled word or misplaced apostrophe (or worse, both). Immediately, your blood boils and/or your mouth curls into a sneer. Before you know it, you’re snapping a photo with your cell phone and uploading it to your social network of choice with a snippy comment.

Let’s make 2011 the year we all give each other a break – and lower our blood pressure – by ignoring the ignorance of those inexplicably responsible for writing and posting announcements and warnings.

3. Stop correcting the people I do know.

We all have our pet peeves. For some it’s “could care less” that puts them up a wall, while others hate hearing someone say, “Amanda and I’s favorite color is purple.” Still others have in-laws who say things like “brung” and “going on the line” without batting an eye. I’m just saying.

These things are irritating. They might even be classified as fingernails-on-the-chalkboard irritating. You won’t find me disagreeing with that. But, please, let’s all work on our relationships by not “helping” our friends and family improve their use of the English language.

All right, who’s with me?

Will you say goodbye to being a grammar cop this year? Or is that just as unlikely as me giving up carbs and remembering to floss every day?

Mary is mom to a {usually} sweet, {always} sassy preschooler and wife to her high-school sweetheart. When she’s not snapping photos left and right, reading a good book or organizing her to-do lists, you can find Mary {avoiding housework} curled up on the couch with her laptop. Mary blogs about her imperfect life at Giving Up on Perfect, where she writes about family, faith, books, diet-friendly and fiber-filled foods like granola bars and nachos, celebrity look-alikes and chick flicks. You know, the important stuff.

2 thoughts on “Guest Post: A Grammar Geek’s Goals for 2011

  1. Never stop correcting your children:) It's one of the (many) things I'm grateful my mother did for me… she was constantly correcting my grammar. She, more than any teacher, taught me how to speak correctly. I think it makes a huge difference. PS – I'm always extremely paranoid commenting on one of these grammar posts, so I'm glad for #2. LOL

  2. I learned grammar from my mom correcting me, too! I don't think I could stop that (correcting my daughter) if I tried!

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