Let’s Blame Our Father (Memes Suck: My Annoying Quirk)

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on September 27, 2011

in All About Me,Family,Grammar Nerd,Meme

memes suck old school bloggingMy family has a quirk. Or as some people may call it, a sickness.

We were inbred with a part of our brain that does not allow for grammatical errors to go unnoticed.

My sister and I grew up living with a corrective father who would publicly chide us for our improper usage of the words “brought vs. taken,” “farther vs. further,” and overusing the word, “like.” He only corrected us because he loved us and he didn’t want us to embarrass him with our uneducated speaking language. I don’t ever remember him correcting my written language. I was in high school before every household owned a desktop computer, so he would bring home his 10 pound laptop from work and type my papers for me. I have a feeling he would correct my grammatical errors out of fatherly love.

Our Clan of Nerds

You’d imagine our familial surprise when I didn’t pass the basic high school English exam to go straight into English 101 when I started college. After completing high school with As & Bs in AP English, AP Economics, and AP American History, (but never actually taking an AP exam,) I thought it would be smooth sailing into basic college entry classes.

That first semester in Remedial English was probably the most valuable class I took in all of my college-going years. Unlike learning about transverse triangle cosign balance sheets while naming every phalanges, I actually use the lessons I was taught in Remedial English. I just use these lessons to chide my family and friends for their improper grammar usage.

And, hey. I know I make grammatical mistakes. I’m not perfect. I’ve said for forever that if I make a grammatical or spelling error in any of my published works, LET ME KNOW. I’ll be mortified at my error, change it, and think highly of your knowledge. If I could send you a gold star for your efforts, I would.

I tend to find friends in people who are equally grammar conscious. People like alimartell who wrote an open letter to a published author LIKE A BOSS.

This is the part in the story where you can start to feel sorry for Patrick who is known to make grammatical and spelling errors on a regular basis. I kind of applaud him for his lack of care freedom in expression. As a computer programming nerd, language details are beneath him. If the code works, his job is done. If only my life were that simple…

Instead, I was raised by a father who insisted on proper spoken grammar and a mother who is a homemaking perfectionist. FEEL MY PAIN, NERDS.

My sister, Jackie, is a Media Relations manager for an attractions company who is responsible for sending email press releases to members of the press. I’m not “member of the press,” but I’m on her email list to receive her publicity emails. We are really good at proofreading each other’s professional works, probably because we enjoy pointing out the other’s mistakes. When there’s something extra super important to be edited, we send each other the work to be read and corrected. Of course, she’s a super professional writer and can edit her own daily press releases, so it’s rare that she sends me things to be edited.

So when I received an email from her as her professional self as “Jackie [last name redacted to protect my life], Media Relations, [company name redacted to protect my life],” I looked it over and noticed a grammatical error. Being the annoying nice sister of which I strive, I sent her an email:

I’m guessing that she’s really busy doing real work today and is now planning my death, or she’s just not the sister I thought I knew.

I have a feeling I’m just that big of a grammar douche, and she’s going to leave a comment listing all of the errors in this post.

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1 Angie Uncovered September 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

One of the best things about my blog (for me not for others) is that I get to write with a freedom I do not have in technical writing. It’s certainly not as though any of my co-workers or clients pay a bit of attention to writing rules when they email, but to me it’s crucial to my sanity. Not so much on the blog or comments :)
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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I’m totally lax on Twitter, except for certain things like “alot” which kills me like death.

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3 Norma September 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Too funny! Great family pic by the way :)

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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Thank you! We are a good looking bunch.

Just imagine me with 15 less pounds. No, wait, 30. The camera adds 15 pounds and I lost 15 since then. Don’t do the math, just take off 30 pounds.
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5 Jennifer September 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I actually kind of wish I was as big of a grammar nerd as you. I hate knowing that I have errors all over the place, but no clue how to identify them.
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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Read The Oatmeal http://theoatmeal.com/tag/grammar He’s smart.

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7 Angi September 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Ha! Now, I want to know what her error was. Also, of note, I never want anyone to point out the grammar error to me AFTER the document in question has been sent to the intended reader. That’s due entirely to the mortification factor of having sent something “not perfect” out.

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8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

She added an apostrophe on a plural. Shameful, really.

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9 Lori October 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I SO FEEL YOUR PAIN. It stresses me out when adult’s use apostrophe’s on plural word’s. OMG. {shudder’s}
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10 The Culprit September 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I hope you at least found BOTH errors…

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11 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I stopped reading after the first. I was too shocked.

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12 Me again September 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm

You missed the first! I called a peek a peak.

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13 Hendra June 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I’m praying for your dad for ceiatrn and I also find it tricky to pray for Obama. Just pray for him to follow God. God put him there for a reason, which I’m pretty convinced I will NEVER understand this side of heaven, but I trust God.

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14 Yo Mama September 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Please stop referring to me as a homemaking perfectionist. Everytime you do, I feel like I must start cleaning. I like my stuff to be tidy, which equates to multiple piles of stuff everywhere. My housekeeping perfectionist friends would be appalled by my “clutter,” especially my closets. (Which NO ONE is allowed to examine.) I do make an effort to clean all the surfaces in our house weekly, but a perfectionist, I am not. And….I want to know what her mistake was, also. ;-) And, no, your Dad did not believe in correcting your writing mistakes, even when asked to read or type your papers. It was me, who would correct your grammar and be accused of being “picky.” Glad my pickiness paid off!

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15 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Oh hush with your perfect housemaking self.

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16 tena September 27, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I love that your mom is defending herself! I do love a well written, grammatically correct sampling, but I am often a victim to THE TYPO.

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17 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

She doesn’t see her perfection. It’s a sickness.

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18 Crystal September 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

Warning: long comment
Funny you should mention this…in my blog I do not use correct grammar or punctuation because its mine and I dont have to. Someone at work made a sign that said, “Do not put dishwashing treys on me” So a coworker wrote on the whiteboard “Just an FYI and 4-1-1 Trey=a boys name. Tray= trays you put dishes on. -Professor (insert name here), PHD in english.”

I pointed out her mistakes (sentence ended in a preposition, redundancy in FYI and 411, and inappropriate capitalization in PhD and lack of capitalization in English.) Signed, Crystal, PhD in Awesome.

Love this post!
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19 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] September 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

I like you.
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20 Diana Kimmel September 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Just so you know, my family has the same quirk! If there is a misspelled word on a page it jumps out at me..no kidding, it really does! I once found a couple of misspelled words on a college exit exam. The college librarian who was in charge of producing the exam and was mortified!
I think it’s a curse really….

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21 Crystal September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

OMG…I found a word misspelled on the website of a COLLEGE to which I was thinking of applying!
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22 Michelle September 29, 2011 at 5:35 am

I played over at my blog, but as for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors are things that always jump out at me. It really bothers me when it’s basic stuff like homophones…and the whole Oatmeal list of words you need to stop misspelling.

My goddaughter is a newly minted high school senior and her spelling and grammar is so atrocious I want to send her back to grade school English classes. I tried correcting her but she told me she would stop speaking to me if I didn’t stop. I fear for the future of our language, since she’s one of the brightest in her class.
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23 Lori October 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

In defense of Miss Jackie, I’m sure sleep deprivation is to blame.
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