By Daniel Ford
I may or not have written a post once upon a time arguing that humanity needed fewer grammar rules, not more. It may or may not have been headlined “F U Grammar Po Po.”
The article is no longer available online, but here was my central premise:
“Journalists tend not to get bogged down in fine-tuning their prose because editors exist. But should any of us be wasting our time on comma placement and proper capitalization? The more I thought about it, the more I began to notice how much of my time was sucked into making sure em dashes were used correctly, or arguing whether the period goes inside or outside the quote. And who cares how poorly I spell on social media. It’s supposed to be fun, right? And as long as you get my meaning, what else matters? Why do we all live in fear of the social media grammar police—who, frankly, are right up there with telemarketers in my book—spoiling our good time?”
While I still feel the same way, I know that grammar exists to keep our language concise, dynamic, and poetic.
In that spirit, I collected 10 of my favorite grammar memes that will not only make you laugh, but also inspire you to keep your grammar house in order. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments section or tweet us @WritersBone.
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