In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?
More importantly, have you read them?
How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?
Good grammar has always been something I’ve been able to do naturally. Until I went to university I always assumed it was something everyone did. That is, until I had housemates coming to me with their essays and dissertations, asking me to proof read it. I realised that some people don’t have that natural ability to look at a sentence and turn it into something grammatically perfect.
I studied English in university and, if you didn’t have perfect grammar, you sort of failed. I mean having good grammar kind of went without saying. As a result, whenever I’d see someone use punctuation wrong (“Will you pick me up two pints’ of milk?”) it would hurt my brain. :S
These days I’m much more relaxed about it though. Sometimes, it’s not needed. On Facebook or Twitter, for example. I mean, how important is a Tweet or status going to be? It’s when it’s used in an attempt to be taken seriously that it starts to bother me. Especially when I find grammar mistakes in a published book or magazine (a good friend of mine was subscribed to a pc gamer magazine for months and finally snapped when he realised they were doing an HIDEOUS job of editing. He sent them a big letter full of all their mistakes).
On signs in shop windows, texts, or on the internet, I can tolerate bad grammar. But on published material, I can not. 😛