I’ve always liked Weird Al Yankovic. His parodies make me laugh and he’s covered some of my favorite songs (I knew all the words to “Eat It” long before I even heard “Beat It”), but this one definitely takes the cake in my opinion. As a self-professed word nerd, his latest song “Word Crimes” hits close to home. In the day and age of texting and social media, good grammar seems to have gone out the window. Many of my friends and family sometimes think I may take my grammar a bit too seriously (I do type out all of my texts completely, never leaving even an apostrophe out) but after seeing “Word Crimes” it relieves me to know that at least Weird Al is on my side. (more…)
Although it can be disappointing at times, I’ve come to accept that people often make grammar mistakes that are usually easily avoidable. Whether it’s a misused “your/you’re” issue or a simple typo, mistakes happen. I understand. However, I hold large companies with professional marketing and advertising teams to a much higher level. These people are paid (I’m guessing) hefty salaries to write the ads and double, triple, and quadruple check them to make sure they’re accurate before sending them off to the TV world to show everybody. Apparently the team at John Frieda was so concerned about how sleek and shiny their hair was that they didn’t notice that they used the wrong form of “its.” (more…)
I know that’s a bit of a bold and dramatic statement, and to be fair my English teachers have done a lot of good for me too. I am proud to know the proper usage of punctuation and understand how to implement metaphors, and I have my English classes to thank for these lessons. But ever since I started considering copywriting and advertising for a living (and especially when I started blogging) I’ve realized that there’s one aspect of writing that none of my teachers emphasized: how to relate to the reader.
Based on the overwhelming response to my last post about grammar, I think it’s time to try it again–but this time with music. Both writing and music are popular forms of artistry and expression, so the two have many similarities. We consider ourselves creative and articulate, and we love telling stories through our art form. We understand how passion can drive a hobby into a career–even if we struggle at times during the transition. One difference between the two, though, is that usually the writer tends to be a bit pickier about the grammatical accuracy of words than the musician. To prove it (and perhaps ignite some OCD feelings for those of you who are the most particular about grammar), here are 10 song lyrics that bug us English nerds.
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.” (more…)