Did you know it was National Grammar Day on Tuesday?
March 4th. March forth with good grammar.
Some reacted to the news with, “Oh, I just hate it when people add extra apostrophes!”
To which I replied, “Indeed, it’s tragic. But that’s punctuation, not grammar.”
Yes, it’s obnoxious; I know. But I just can’t help myself.
My crusade for proper use of the language extends to pronunciation.
Seeing the news of Carl Kasell’s impending retirement brought back the memory of once emailing him about his on-air mispronunciation of the word “complex.”
When it’s a noun, it’s COM-plex; when it’s an adjective, it’s com-PLEX.
Looking back, I wonder how I had the nerve to email the NPR luminary all those years ago. I hoped the man with the wonderful voice (and – who knew? – delightful sense of humor) would accept the note in the helpful spirit in which it was meant.
Imagine how stunned I was to hear back from Mr. Kasell within minutes, with his grateful and friendly response.
Wow. That’s how it should work. It’s nothing personal.We’re all in this together.
Word geeks have a mission; they intend no harm, ill will or condemnation. To misquote Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, “There’s no crying in grammar!”
And so the good fight continues today here around the office, where teasing sometimes blurs the lines of proper speech.
Exhibit A: The phrase “Have a HoliDAY.” Matt says this all the time.
It’s a nice nod to our park’s name. But my inner Sheldon cries out, “We’re not HoliDAY World – we’re HOLiday World!”
Marketing Jennifer, new to our staff, doesn’t help the situation. She just breaks out into a chant of “Holla! Holla!” She has a little hand dance, too.
And so I could do nothing but tweet in reaction to Matt’s latest yesterday evening:
Oh, and don’t even get me started on our ongoing “icing versus frosting” debate!