As a writer (and avid speaker of the English language) I take my grammar seriously. I’ve long been an advocate of a “Fix Your Grammar” button on Facebook, but I try not to be too harsh on those who may take grammar a bit less seriously than I do. Mostly because I want to keep my friends. I think, though, that grammar nerds tend to get a bad rap when we’re really just trying to help (okay, fine, sometimes I just want to be a troll). But do we really deserve to be lumped together with murderous soldiers who killed millions of innocent people? I think not. So in an attempt to vent my grammar grievances, here are 10 reasons why it sometimes sucks to know the difference between “your” and “you’re.”
1) We get referred to as Nazis…
2) …when we really just want to help you learn to save you from another disastrous grammar mistake.
3) We’ve come to realize that people don’t generally enjoy being in the presence of a grammar nerd.
4) We can sometimes use our powers for evil rather than good. At times costing us our friendships.
5) We spend so much of our lives proofreading, editing, and writing full sentences (even when it’s not required).
6) Sometimes it gets to be too much and we lose our cool.
7) We’re more bothered by other people’s bad grammar than they are.
8) Our dating pools shrink by the day.
9) Sometimes we’re the only ones who understand the jokes.
10) Even when we know someone is making fun of us, we can’t help but correct them.
Sometimes the world can be tough on grammar nerds (almost as tough as we are on the language offenders). Show us some love, world! We’re just trying to help.
(Now I’m off to go proofread this post 67 more times…)