March 04, 2005

Grammar Panda

I am so glad we are reading humorous books in this class. Just goes to show- English doesn't have to be so stuffy all the time. First Foster and now this?

Eats, Shoot, and Leaves by Lynne Truss is wonderful. I didn’t think I could laugh at a book about grammar. Yet her writing style, combined with the ever enchanting British humor just cracked me up.

I must say, I feel for Truss and her annoyance with grammar. While I don’t go around looking for store signs and attack them with a marker, I do cringe a little when “books” is spelled “book’s” in the paper or television. I wonder, don’t these people have editors? And if not, will they hire me? I suppose that was why I was the yearbook copy editor last year- I can dish out the commas.

I am also always correcting my friends’ speech. It is amazing to me how many people speak incorrectly. I am constantly yelling, “What? ‘You don’t have no books’? No….”. Although, I am sure my friends thank God every night for me doing that though…right.

Now while I did not go to a British school in the 1960s, I do agree that grammar is not really taught in schools. I’m sure a learned all about commas and semicolons along the line somewhere but I was never sat down and shown exactly how this language of ours works. Some things are not just instinctive- I can show some of my old papers with red Xs on them to prove it.

Posted by VanessaKolberg at March 4, 2005 12:07 AM | TrackBack

I really liked the title you gave this blog entry. Silly little blogging Pandas will be on the loose soon. Very nicely done. I know what you mean about mispelling in the newspaper or in a magazine. The thing that gets me so mad is when there is something so blatantly wrong and everyone knows it except the paper...pathetic if you ask me. My local paper does that all the time and it burns me up. Maybe you can go on a crusade to edit the world's messed up periodicals.

Posted by: Leslie at March 4, 2005 08:32 AM

A crusade where the pen truly would be mightier than the sword.

Actually, that would be cool... A pen with 'Excalibur' printed on it.

Posted by: ChrisU at March 7, 2005 11:11 PM

Vanessa- I am very honored to be one of your blogmates. Thanks for the distinction.

Posted by: Leslie at March 10, 2005 10:59 PM

No problema chica. No problema.

Posted by: Vanessa at March 11, 2005 10:28 AM

I'm quite honored as well. :-)


*in the street*

Posted by: Valerie at March 11, 2005 02:00 PM
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