An Open Letter to the Grammar Lovers
February 25, 2012 § 12 Comments
Dear Grammar Lovers,
I can spot a written mistake a mile away. When I hear one, my toes curl. It’s a curse that follows me everyday and I tend to not correct the mishaps, because I don’t want to be rude. In my head I fix poor grammar, spelling, and usage all the time. I love the written word and like to see it used properly.
It is much to my dismay, then, that in the past two days my on staff grammar police have found three errors in my very own written work.
I could die.
Why am I missing them? What is happening?
It’s the very nature of blogging to write and publish often, in which case time is not on your side. Without an editor to red pen every piece, it is possible to miss the errant mistake in your written work.
Most of the time I write the first thing in the morning with coffee and children’s television. When it comes time to review, a piece can either be easy or a pain in the neck. The easy ones get a look-see (maybe) three or four times. The tough ones, the longer ones, get looked over more than that and there have been occasions where I’ve fixed so much that I need to delete the entire piece and walk away.
I don’t want to bore my dear readers with all of the mistakes that cause me sleepless nights, but there is just one that gets me every time; the near constant misuse of me versus I.
Sophie and I went to the park. I went to the park. Yes!
Sophie and me went to the park? Me went to the park? No!
Sometimes I stop myself to catch it, to work it out, but it’s easy once you think about it.
My main intention for this post is to issue an apology for my most recent grammar issues, should they have caused you any concern (or raised eyebrows).
For my to that should have been too, I apologize.
I feel terrible for the comma behind literally in yesterday’s post, since it made my mother questions it’s placement. She didn’t understand why I put it there, but I really did have a good reason. I wanted you to know that I was breathing in the actual morning and not just the air. It’s still a confusing sentence, alas it was posted and I’m trying to move on.
By far the worst and most unnerving problem, the one that will take time for me to recover from was the spelling of my heroine Katniss, whose name I’d begun with a C (more than once). I should have googled her. I should have checked. For this I sincerely apologize. It’s also is a pretty compelling reason to actually read books and not just listen to them.
From here on out I want you to know that I love being corrected despite the heart palpitations that occur when made aware of their existence. Please don’t hesitate to offer up a suggestion or simply send me a message saying, “Line 6, word 4, fix it!”
I get it!
I appreciate your time in doing it!
Red pen me!
p.s. Please note, I am also mindful that I am “comma crazy.” The first step to getting better is to acknowledge the problem. I promise I am working on it.