Grammar geeks, unite!

I just found out that today is National Grammar Day. This excites me more than it should. If I had known earlier, I could have planned some kind of event to celebrate, but since the day is already half over, I’ll settle for writing a celebratory post.

Yes, I am one of the few, the proud, the grammar anal. That’s not to say I haven’t made my share of grammatical mistakes (there might even be some here). I get a little hazy when it comes to who vs whom or lay vs lie. Even so, whenever I spot a mistake, whether it belongs to me or someone else, my eyelid starts to twitch and I just want to FIX IT.

I see no reason why anyone educated past sixth grade can’t properly discern between your and you’re, or there/their/they’re. It’s especially irksome when the grammatical errors occur in a professional setting. So you messed up in a personal Facebook post? Annoying, but oh well. Your national advertisement is riddled with mistakes? Unacceptable. Don’t people proofread anymore??

Grammar Day

Here are the other ones that get under my skin:

Fewer vs Less- If you can count it, use fewer. Correct: I have fewer Mini Eggs than you because I can’t stop eating them. Incorrect: I have less Mini Eggs than you because I can’t stop eating them. (By the way, if you would like to replenish my supply of Mini Eggs, I will love you forever.)

That in place of Who- If you’re talking about a person, use who. Correct: Lauren is a girl who loves Mini Eggs. Incorrect: Lauren is a girl that loves Mini Eggs.

Alright, I’ll get off my high horse now… unless I find out that there’s a National Spelling Day. Then I’ll be jumping right back on.

Come on Grammar Geeks, I know you’re out there. What grammatical error annoys you the most?

Lauren Cormier

About Lauren Cormier

Lauren is a 30-something stay at home mom who doesn't have it all together and she's pretty sure you don't either. She hopes that by sharing her real life (not the glossy made-up version) she can encourage you to drop the act and get real. Lauren lives in Hermon with her husband and their three children. She also blogs at www.ohhonestly.net