It's all about the quotation marks and apostrophes...
or "is" it?
Last night in class, we touched (very briefly) on the subject of writing rules and style. Actually, my discussion of the topic (grammar, spelling, punctuation) went more like this: "I know that you read the chapter on writing mechanics. And I know you are all college seniors or graduate students, so I know you guys know how to write. And, to be honest with you, I really don't care to talk about commas and apostrophes and verbals and gerunds and dangling participles. So, we're moving on to better topics."
Most of us probably zoned out a little bit in junior high and high school when the talk in English class turned toward grammar. Doing sentence diagrams and talking about proper tense really didn't excite too many of us. (I, personally, was ready to be set loose on an Emily Dickinson poem or write my own short story.)
Still, as a writer, I know that those things matter. I know that I need to spell correctly, or people might question why I'm a writer in the first place. I need to know the difference between IT and IT'S or they might--rightly--assume that I am a doofus.
I have found, though, that I do get some sense of joy out of the grammatical process.
Granted, it doesn't come from my own dealings with the issue. It comes from the improper dealings other people have with the issue.
I'm one of those people who can spot a misused apostrophe on a billboard from miles away.
And don't get me "started" on "people" who like to put quotation marks around "unnecessary" words ("sorta" like I did in that last sentence).
Imagine my joy, then, when I came upon two wonderfully humorous blogs that take a stand against such misuse of the English language!
The first one--The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks--showcases pictures of quotations marks being used incorrectly. The pictures are sent in by concerned citizens from all over the world. There really are some priceless images there. Like these...
All I gotta say is...watch out for the food at that place! If it's posing as Award-winning food, you might get salmonella or something.
And then there's this blog--The Apostrophe Protection Society--that seeks to fight for the proper use of apostrophes, and alert the world to situations where they are used incorrectly. With images like these...
On that note...
I hope you have a "wonderful" weekend and "fabulous" Valentines Day. I hope its filled with all sorts of "good" stuff. (That was intentional humor! Don't turn me into either one of those watchdog organizations!)