On the Importance of Proper Grammar

Let’s talk grammar.  I find it important.  It shows that one has knowledge.  It shows that one cares enough about what they are saying to take the time to use the correct word, spelling, etc.  It shows that one is cognizant of the relationship that words have with each other.  I can go on.  All-in-all, I find grammar to be important.

Grammar:  The whole system and structure of a language or of languages in general, usually taken as consisting of syntax and morphology (including inflections) and sometimes also phonology and semantics.

I am including sentence structure, spelling, and the correct use of a word as grammar.  I work in an area in which I need to be aware of grammar and its correct use.  I admit I am human, and as such, have my fair share of typo-s, spelling errors, lack of punctuation, etc.  Every time that someone else catches a typo I have made, especially at work, I am a little bit ashamed of myself.  “Triple proof read” is my middle name going forward.  My goal:  get a document to the attorney without ever having to worry that they will find a mistake, because they won’t.  That is the way it should be anyways, I know.  I also know you will all probably call me out on grammar mistakes from here on out, but such are the perils of public writing.

Anyway,  grammar.  There are common (COMMON!!) grammar mistakes which need to be addressed.  ADULTS should not be making these mistakes, in my opinion.  Really, I know that in social situations, in texts, on social media sites, I do not have perfect, mistake-free grammar, and I don’t really hold every other person I know to these standards.  However, I notice.  I notice, and it irks me that these simple mistakes are being made  SO OFTEN!

So, let’s go over some of the mistakes that I have seen today that have really irked me:

WEATHER/WHETHER

WEATHER:  Basically, what it is like outside.  Think snow, wind, rain, sunshine.  


WHETHER:  Used to introduce the first of two or more alternatives.  As in, “Whether you care about the weather or whether you don’t, whoever drew this picture used the word “whether” incorrectly.  

You would think Heather would have used the correct version of the word, weather, since it is spelled so similarly to her own name.

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YOUR/YOU’RE

First, somebody please tell this guy that he messed up his grammar chart somewhere along the way, then maybe send him here for some help.  I will still address these words here.

Inappropriate and humorous, I hope this gets the point across.

YOUR: ownership; possession.  That is your mom he is talking about.

YOU’RE:  A contraction of the words “you” and “are.”  You can not really say, “That is you’re mom he is talking about” because you cannot say, “That is you are his mom he is talking about.”  Doesn’t really make sense when you put it that way.

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 CAPITALIZATION

      CAPITALIZATION: Please, please do not make me explain the difference between Uncle Jack and jack…

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THE OXFORD COMMA aka THE SERIAL COMMA

No, no, this comma is not a serial killer, rather, it is the comma one uses when listing series of items.  I am a fan, always will be.  I think it is quite important to keep this guy around, even if its necessity is up for debate for many.  Here is a handy little illustration to show you why I support the Oxford Comma:

 THE OXFORD COMMA:  Used to separate nouns in a series – so that you do not invite the wrong people to the party.  No one wants to be seen running around with the wrong crowd.

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 THAN/THEN

THAN: Used for comparisons.  Being pissed off is preferable to being pissed on.

THEN:  Used for time.  Apparently, Jenny first wants to  get mad, and after she is good and mad, she wants to get peed on.  Jenny has issues.

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Know that  I am not going to go around and criticize everyone I know for poor grammar or spelling mistakes – far from it, with the exception of this post, I guess.  However, I just think that we could all be a little more aware.  Are we really so lazy these days that simple grammar is beyond us? 

And guys, some girls find correct grammar to be sexy.  *wink wink*

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