There was (is?) a number of enthusiastic fans of Saturday’s post titled Sloppy is as sloppy does…(Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). If you haven’t seen the post, it’s (its?) worth a peak. The punch line? Bad grammar and punctuation are (is?) bad.
I made the mistake of checking my emails before bed time to find an email flashing from LaDona. She took the courtesy of sending me a private email rather than censuring (aka humiliating) me in public in the comment section of my post. (So Canadian of her!)
“Dave, you seem to be heading a campaign to clean up some bad writing habits (and rightly so!), so you might want to take care of the rogue apostrophes in the Zeke post. They are still not supposed to be used to denote plurals unless they show plural possession. Kanigan’s is incorrect in this usage, as are most appearances of Viszla’s.”
I scrambled to find the post. And sure enough – I found nine apostrophes where they didn’t belong. (HORROR). I hustled to make the corrections (just in case anyone was going to be reading this January 15, 2012 post in the next 12 hours – wee bit schizophrenic aren’t we?) and sent LaDona a thank you note.
Being the good teacher that she is, she proofed it again, and BAM – she found another wayward apostrophe. (Good God Man, are you on a masochistic run here?) Here’s LaDona in her best Teacher form in her email response:
“Practically perfect. 2nd bullet point – parentheses – if you’re talking about both kids here, and I’m certain you are, it should be kids’ part (plural possessive) not kid’s part (singular possessive). Everything else looks good.”
Practically Perfect. DON’T YOU JUST LOVE HER!
Gotta love this blogging world. Instantaneous feedback loop. I didn’t stop thinking about this episode all day today. LOVE THIS ABOUT BLOGGING. (YOU ARE ALL IN MY HEAD!!)
So, I’m eyeing all of my apostrophes closely. And be sure to send me your grammatical corrections.** You did note that my blog handle is “Lead.LEARN.Live.”
Lesson #2. I’m adding to my learnings. For some reason, the quote below has stuck with me. And, I’m trying to scrub “very” from my vocabulary and my posts. No more VERY going forward.
Do avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”
~ Dead Poets Society
Good Monday Evening…
* My Son Eric, college freshman in September, proof read this post and found 3 grammatical errors which I subsequently corrected before posting.
** Except for grammatical corrections on the following which I deem permissible: (1) Use & overuse of sentence fragments and repeated use of short, choppy sentences. (2) Slang (like gotta, ain’t, etc.) used for journalistic emphasis or for whatever I deem appropriate in my sole discretion. (3) Use of run-on sentences. (4) Inappropriate change of tenses. (5) Statements where I talk to myself at beginning, end or in between sentences (normally italicized). (6) Em-Dashes – - – - – - – - use, overuse and incorrect use. (7) Use and overuse of periods and dots to separate fragments and sentences……(8) Anything else that looks normal to my eye.
Dead Poets Society Quote Source: coloredmondays via abirdeyeview
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