Friday, July 18, 2014

"Word Crimes"

(by "Weird Al" Yankovic)



When I saw this video the other day, I just knew that I had to post it for y'all! And in case you ever thought I was remotely cool, this post will prove otherwise.

I am a nerd.

And I'm alright with that...

As someone who has been called a "Grammar Nazi" a time or two, I can relate to a lot of today's song. I may not always use correct grammar on here, but I do use it in real life. I don't interrupt conversations to correct people, though, and I only inform people of their mistakes if they have previously asked me to do so. {I just want to make that clear!} It is generally emails, signs, and publications that make me want to wield the red pen. I cringe when the guys at work send out a church-wide email with several grammatical errors. I would rather edit every single email than see mistakes after they've already been sent to everyone.

BuzzFeed posted an article (with a grammatically incorrect subheading that I hope was intentional) about how it's both a blessing and a curse to be good at grammar. This article is the story of my life (minus the foul language and the social media corrections), and it is also hilarious! I laughed out loud when I originally read it, and I laughed just as much when I read through it again today. I hope y'all enjoy it, too!

Can you relate to anything that I've posted? or have I made myself out to be a complete nerd? Do you go through life noticing every single misuse of punctuation? or might the unnecessary use of quotation marks used at your place of business cause me to second-guess my patronage there? Did you laugh while reading the BuzzFeed article? or did you not understand what was so funny? Do you like "Weird Al"? Would you like for me to stop asking questions and publish this post?! ΓΌ

Amy

P.S. On a somewhat related note, I am pro-Oxford comma. I still use it most of the time. Did anyone notice that I used it in this post?

4 comments:

Jack Warren said...

That article was fantastic!

Natalie Busch said...

The answer is yes and no. I do notice grammatical errors a lot. I agree that it is a blessing and a curse. The other day I saw a pastor that I really love who repeatedly used "our" instead of "are". I told Jeremy the first time I consider it a typo, which happen to the best of us, but after that I was just cringing! Then there are things like semicolons which kind of intimidate me.

Natalie Busch said...

One more thing, I know the answer to "how are you doing?" is "well" but most people say "good" and if I say well after they say good then I feel pretentious, so I try to just be laid back about all of it.

Brooke said...

"Foil" was my favorite of the new weird al songs.
We have a dude at work. So hard to explain how awful he is. IT has a several page document of all his goof ups.