Take today's Advertiser:
Anyway, according to this book, I am a "stickler" and proper punctuation is an endangered species.
That sentence is missing a comma, which would separate the two independent clauses. It should read:
Anyway, according to this book, I am a "stickler," and proper punctuation is an endangered species.
I know, I know. This kid is in the seventh grade, so I should have some mercy. But while the letter was written in jest, it still exhibited a kind of pompousness that gets me steamed. I believe in good grammar, and for the sake of the language, we should watch each others' grammar. On top of that, I do believe the print media should be held to an even greater standard than the everyday person.
Yet, when the day ends, and we all go home, grammar is just a set of rules that some people know - and use - better than others. That's it. I just don't think grammar is something that people should be beating their chests over. Oh, for the traditionalists, let me phrase it this way: I just don't think grammar is something over which people should be beating their chests.
Posted by ruth at September 21, 2005 07:40 PM