See? I’m not alone in my snobbery.
Even the most laid back and egalitarian among us can be insufferable snobs when it comes to coffee, music, cars, beer, or any other pet obsession where things have to be just so. What are you snobbish about?
The only thing I can think of is that I really am a grammar nazi. I try not to be obnoxious about it, and I do NOT go around correcting everyone else’s grammar. But it bothers me. Really bothers me.
Yesterday I heard a woman say she “axed” someone a question.
Someone else said “supposably” instead of supposedly.
I won’t even mention the misuse of there, they’re, their.
Apostrophes. Oh my word. Appalling.
It’s kind of fun, though, to collect misplaced modifiers.
My favorite: I was in a rest stop in No Name, Colorado. I was minding my own business in one of the stalls when I glanced at the sign…
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None of my parents or grandparents made it past the sixth grade. This was in Appalachia and many people had to quit school to work on small family farms just to provide food, clothing and shelter for their families. They did not have the opportunity to learn fine grammar, but rather picked up the vocabulary of their culture. I have a graduate degree and also an understanding of those less fortunate who may not have grown up in surroundings where fine grammar was the norm. In other words, I ain’t no grammar nazi.
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This particular blog entry and my own entry were merely in response to a prompt on self-proclaimed snobbery. I am a language snob whenever I face total apathy and childish “invincible ignorance.” When there’s a lack of interest in correct language use, culture falters. We falter. On the issue you brought up, I have had a number of students living in extreme poverty (many were homeless), students who certainly did NOT have the luxury of a good education. Thus, they were not schooled in writing. That said, however, they learned and grew and THRIVED because they WANTED to get out of their predicament, and they worked tirelessly at it, unlike the students who had plenty of opportunities and just simply didn’t care whatsoever.