My grammar isn’t always perfect when I write – which is why I need a copy editor and a proofreader for my books – but lately I’ve been noticing a lot of errors in books I’ve been reading for pleasure. Last week, I was reading a traditionally published e-book, and it had a lot of formatting errors. The grammar was fine, but every time there was a extra space or a paragraph was split, it stopped me for a second.
That’s the problem with errors. They jerk us out of the story, even if it’s only for a short time.
But this post is about grammar, not formatting. On their Facebook site, Grammarly shares “10 signs that you’re a grammar nerd.” With two changes, I’ll post eight of their ten nerd signs here:
8 SIGNS YOU ARE A GRAMMAR NERD
1. You use standard spelling, capitalization, and punctuation when you text.
2. You have appointed yourself as “Honorary Proofreader” of your friends’ social media posts.
3. You know how and when to use “Affect” and “Effect.”
4. You feel compelled to correct poorly written public signs. It isn’t vandalism if you’re correcting it, right?
5. The thought of posting a writing error online mortifies you.
6. You have an opinion about the Oxford comma.
7. The sound of a double negative makes you cringe.
8. You mentally edit all the books and magazines you read.
I’m guilty of 3, 5, 6, 7 (unless it suits the character), and 8.
That’s five out of eight, so I think I’m not quite a grammar nerd. But close. I’m on the edge…
What about you? Where are you on the Grammar Nerd scale?