When you're a grammar nerd, there's nothing quite like seeing an entire scroll's worth of Facebook status updates filled with erroneous grammar to make your skin crawl. It's even worse if you find yourself immersed in a gripping read (that you paid
for, too) only to spy--gasp!
--an incorrectly conjugated verb that the editor failed to notice. And let's not even get started on how much you want to scream when you see a misspelling in your own
In short: it's hard out here for a grammar nerd. Your Gen-Ed Writing peers hate you and your amazing grades; your friends groan when they receive notifications from you because nine times out of time you've only pointed out their incorrect use of "there" without even mentioning
how cute their dog looks in a pink tutu; and society reviles you as some hoity-toity know-it-all who can't get no satisfication. (Wait. What?
But let's be real: hoity-toity know-it-alls are the people who get things done, and in the world of English grammar, you pack it, you package it, and you sell it hotter than "Supernatural" slash fanfiction. We at fandom_grammar
appreciate your contribution to the world of linguistics (as well as internet posts that don't assault the eye to the point of inducing physical pain), and so does the English language. Give yourself a pat on the back, Cupcake; you've earned it.
And while you're flapping that scrawny hand of yours against your shoulder blade like a dusty old fan belt, check out this list that Grammarly
, a grammar-oriented Facebook page run by grammar nerds (like you!), posted:
Much more accurate than that one "Which Mean Girls Character Are You?" quiz that said you were Karen Smith instead of Janis Ian, eh?
I believe we can add "11. Seeing 'could of' in the place of 'could have' grates your nerves like an iron file on a gutter pipe" to the list.
Anyone got a 12? 13? 14? 71?