By ROSIE WATERLAND
Now, these two groups could exist together in peace, if it weren’t for the total IMPASSIONED RAGE that grammar police feel the need to express whenever they see an apostrophe in the wrong place.
You would think that, as a writer, I would fall into the grammar police category. I really don’t. Of course I know the rules and follow them, but when I’m on a roll, I tend to care more about getting the message right than the spelling right. So if I’ve been writing for five hours and I get to the end and spot a stuff-up, I forgive myself. I correct it when I see it, but I don’t always do. Shit happens.
But then, that’s just me. For many others, it’s a very different story. This is an issue that some people care about very, VERY deeply.
The grammar police consider it their honour-bound duty to correct the world of words when it has gone askew. They are the men and women who stand up for what they believe and feel the incorrect use of the word ‘whom’ like it’s a dagger through their souls.
They are the men and women who fight the good fight, even when it feels impossible to win. They are the men and women who cried when ‘totes’ became a thing. They are heroes, dammit. Heroes who take the time to correct the mistakes I gloss over because I just don’t have a pure enough soul.
However you react to language and grammar stuff-ups: there’s no denying that rules are rules. And these are the most common ones that are broken:
1. Overusing the word literally