Grammar Rock

This is going to be a grammar rant, so you can skip to the next photo if you want.  I used to love Saturday morning cartoons – even as a teenager.  My favorite thing was Grammar Rock.”  Who can forget, “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?”  When the boys were little, I found a set of Schoolhouse Rock videos (yeah, videos.  It was before DVDs.).  The conjunction song was there, of course, as well as a song about the Preamble to the Constitution, How a Bill Becomes a Law, and much, much more.   My nerdish characteristics come out in full force when I watch those!

I’m reading a book right now by a very well-known author, and so far I’ve found at least two grammar errors.   They involve pronoun usage – using nominative pronouns when objective pronouns are called for, like “….handed the earphones over to both he and Stephanie.”  He?  Shouldn’t that be him?  (That’s rhetorical, because I’m not really asking.)  I know my writing isn’t perfect; I’ll read things I wrote months before and just want to cry.  “How did I let that go through?”  I’ll moan to Mike.  But you’d think an author with at least 10 published works would catch mistakes like this.  Or at least the proofreaders, editor or publisher would.  Case mistakes like that just make me cringe; it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to me, so I’m always amazed when others don’t pick it up.  I know at least one other person who would, and that’s my mother.  I get a chuckle when I read a book I’ve borrowed from her and she’s corrected grammar, spelling or facts.  At least she uses a regular pencil.  I usually correct things in red.  I had a habit of correcting messages on bulletin boards when I was in college.  You’d think by the time someone was a junior in college he’d know how to spell “roommate” or “where.”  It makes me shudder.

So for my parents who always used correct grammar and gently corrected us when we didn’t, and all my English teachers from kindergarten through post college, here’s a thank you card for making sure I didn’t butcher my native tongue.

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I love the little punches and buttons together!  I was in a rush today, so I didn’t have time to “finish” the buttons with thread, so I stuck rhinestones on top of them.  I really like the look, though.  It’s a little glitzier than just thread.

That’s it for today!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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3 Responses to Grammar Rock

  1. Luralyn says:

    Cute card, Buffy! But I’m really cheering you on in your grammar rant! (And I realize I’ve just started two sentences with conjunctions, often stylistically frowned upon!!) At times I’ve wished I were a teacher so I could tell my students: Break apart the two pronouns or noun and pronoun and hear what sounds right! Do you say, “Give the present to I.”? NO, you don’t. Give the present to me. Then don’t say, “Give it to him and I.” The other thing that is so prevalent today, particularly on FaceBook is folks using ‘your’ for ‘you’re.’ Maybe it’s just lazy typing, but I feel that the more people hear and see things that are grammatically incorrect (often from trusted sources like newspapers and news persons), the more they will believe that these things are correct. If only people cared more and wanted to know how to use basic grammar! I realize that many grammar rules in our language are incredibly picky, but let’s at least get the basics correct! There, I’m stepping off my soapbox now. Thanks to you and your mother for your attempts to lead the country to better English; I’m in the army with you! (P.S. Thank goodness I’m a compulsive editor and reread my post. I found two, maybe three things to correct in the above post!)

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  2. Debra says:

    Oh Buffy, I think we are just showing our ages. I am an avid reader as well and just cannot abide terrible grammar in books. Spelling was my favorite subject in school and is another bone of contention with me. I always spell the words out on Facebook instead of the new “shortcuts” the kids use today. I find myself trying very hard not to email the correct spelling to the authors of blogs and such. I believe the “No child left behind” has contributed to the problem. Just keep pushing them through the grades so the child graduates. Rock (rant) on, girlfriend! (Punctuation still gives me a run for my money sometimes, but at least I try.)

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  3. buffycooper says:

    I have found kindred spirits! Debra – I can’t use the “shortcuts” in e-mail or texting either. My kids laugh because I spell everything out, use capital letters and edit all my messages before I send them. Luralyn – I hear you, sister!! I wish facebook had an “edit” option, so I could change all those “your,” “there” and “it’s” to “you’re,” “they’re” (or “their!!”) and its. What ARE they teaching in English classes? But we’ll soldier on. (And beginning sentences with conjunctions is fine with me. Obviously.)

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