Grammar Nerd Test

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:


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?


  1. You know me, Edie. As a copy editor, I need to be guilty of most of them! I try not to force my grammar let ways on anyone except my clients though. 😀

    • Amy, I got this quiz from your Facebook post about midnight on Sunday, so thank you! I see that you’re following Grammarly. I should follow them, too. I’m sure I need their advice much more than you.

  2. Edie, I really get upset when I see bad grammar on signs. There is literally no excuse for it. For me, it’s a bit different, because I grew up with British spelling and rules, and that’s more or less carried over in Australia, but I read a lot of US books. So I think quite often I assume some grammar issues I see might just be US rules, not UK rules, and I skip over them. 🙂
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    • Michelle, I actually don’t see a lot of grammar problems on signs here. But I see them on FB, and I get to laugh there. 🙂