The Grammar Police

grammar-policeAfter reading some horribly written blogs this week I feel compelled to call in the Grammar Police (aka me).  Now to protect the guilty, I am not revealing which blogs brought tears to my eyes (even though I was seriously THISCLOSE to issuing some citations and naming names in this post).  Instead I thought I would just offer the blogosphere a grammar lesson of some things to avoid in your writing.  THIS time the Grammar Police did not issue citations. Next time you may not be so lucky.  Here are the citations – in order of how they got on my nerves this week:

1.  “S” denotes a plural, not ‘s.  People — not giveaway’s but giveaways.  Contest’s is also incorrect — use contests.  Even my third grader knows this basic English rule.

2.  Limit your use of exclamation points.  Please do not make matters worse by using double exclamation points after ever single sentence!!  Exclamation points are to be used for effect and use them sparingly!!  They are annoying me already in this paragraph!!  I will hunt you down if  you do this on your blog!!

3.  Use contractions sparingly.  An occasional contraction here and there is okay but please do not use a contraction in every sentence. I cringe when I see I two or more contractions in the same sentence.  Please note I won’t be reading your blog because I don’t like your overuse of contractions.

If you have any grammar citations you think need issued, leave them in a comment and the Grammar Police will be glad to write about them later.


11 Responses to “The Grammar Police”

  1. 1 Beth February 9, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I’m definitely an overuser of exclamation points in my blog!!

  2. 2 Meredith February 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Wooo, the tough chick in you is coming out. Go get’em, Christy!

  3. 3 Lori@Not Always Charming February 9, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    You are totally cracking me up!!

    Seriously, I always pick apart typos. They make these cool things called “spell check”…you don’t even need an old fashioned dictionary. Ha!

  4. 4 Kathi D February 9, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Agree on every count. I have to slap my hands repeatedly to avoid the dreaded exclamation marks. I do wish people would learn the rules concerning the apostrophe. It seems that almost nobody knows them any more, except for you, me, and your third grader.

  5. 5 POSHpreneur Clarissa February 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Hilarious! I love it all! I overuse exclamation points!

  6. 6 Mom February 11, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Sorry–quilty as charged of using the exclamation mark more than once. Some things just deserve more than one exclamation mark such as I love my three grandchildren!!!

  7. 7 allaboutkimberly February 13, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I am glad to see that I’m not the only one that gets tired of the contractions. I think that comes from teaching English. My students are not allowed to have ONE contraction in an essay because if you let them, they go crazy.

  8. 8 tammigirl February 16, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Oh dear. I use way too many contractions. And I never realized it was a problem. Why did my English teachers not persuade me to use two words instead of one? Why?

  9. 9 Shannan February 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    For some reason all of the grammar lessons I learned in grade school are no where to be found in this little head of mine. I try to be grammatically correct on my blog but I notice that I write the way I talk and there in itself lies an issue. I guess I’ll keep checking back here for more writing tips!

  10. 10 Elisa March 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Here are a few that annoy me:

    – using “your” instead of “you’re” (just bloody well say “you are” and avoid that landmine altogether – see above point on contractions)

    – writing “and viola” instead of “et voilà”: if spell checking is a must when writing in your own language, it’s really not debatable when using a foreign language phrase! Google it or something.

    – while I’m ok with the occasional OMG and WTF, please remember blog posts are not text messages or tweets, you won’t run out of space! Use whole words as much as possible.

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