Friday, September 26, 2014

Grammar Snobs Unite

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’m looking for part-time, from-home work. Much easier said than done.

I’ve had a good nibble, and I’m waiting to see whether the big fish bites. In the meantime, I keep applying. I heard back from another company the other day. The email told me I was being considered for a position. They explained I’d need to pass two tests first. (This is pretty standard.) I continued reading the email. It went on to tell me how much they pay per hour. (Twelve year old babysitters make more. Not a joke. I recently got an email looking for a reputable teenage babysitter, so I know how much they make.) The company’s email went on to tell me that if I had a PhD, I could make $2 more per hour—the wage someone was willing to pay a babysitter.

The email ended by saying I needed to hurry because the tests were due on June 11 and they were eager to hire for fall of 2012.

Um, yeah. A friend suggested that the email was the real test and I ought to correct it and send it back.

But the whole thing got me to thinking. Honestly, people don’t seem to care much about written communication anymore. Not a day goes by where I don’t see an error in a sign, newspaper, or book. (There’s an interstate sign in my city that drives me crazy because it has an abbreviation error. And don’t even get me started on mail that arrives addressed to the “Keller’s.” Really? Singular possessive?!)  I’m beginning to feel the urge to start carrying a red Sharpie on a string around my neck. The problem is I don’t think I’ll be able to limit myself to correcting only mail, newspapers, and books. Pretty soon, you’re going to read that Connie Keller was arrested for propping a twenty foot ladder in a lane of traffic on Interstate 24 so she could correct a sign. No doubt, all my grammar Nazi friends will rally to support me. It might not be a big group. But our signs will all be spelled correctly.


  1. UGH! I know what you mean. Although my pet peeve is when people use the WRONG WORDS.

    Like yesterday, there was a sign: "Big sale. Until stocks last."

    So... I'm guessing it goes on forever, because no stocks last when there's a sale on.

  2. I hear you! I honestly do believe that, when it comes to grammar, we're getting dumber. As a writing specialist at the college level, I can attest--students (IN COLLEGE) do not understand possessive nouns, comma use, how to form a complete sentence...the list goes on. It's not being taught, so students graduate high school and then college under-equipped to understand how language works. Then sloppiness becomes the norm in the written word in general because, well, who cares? Who knows enough to care?

    Now I'm depressed. Ha.

  3. So true, it doesn't seem to be a priority to anyone anymore :( No more cursive, spell-check addiction, yikes!