“I read your e-mail
It’s quite apparent
Your grammar’s errant
Saw your blog post
It’s really fantastic
That was sarcastic
‘Cause you write like a spastic
I hate these Word Crimes!”
We had a good laugh listening to “Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest song “Word Crimes”.
Unfortunately, we’re all in the same boat when it comes to committing these crimes, right? The lyrics took us back to our school days- learning year after year the right use of nouns, pronouns and adverbs only to find our essays covered in red ink (sobs).
Grammer Grammar surely was the trickiest subject of all. But its (oops) it’s one subject you can’t lock away in memories. If you want to be taken seriously in the corporate world, then you must get your grammar right. Yes, no more jumbling the it and it’s, their and there, lose and loose, etc. Your prospects do care about these teeny weeny mistakes. A spell check might be a good idea. But the spell check won’t tell you that you used bear instead of beer! Before you even realize, you’re (not your) the butt of jokes.
So, before you step on the stage to deliver a professional presentation and show off your killer slides, take out time to brush up your grammar. Don’t worry, we’re not telling you to buy heavy grammar books and start from scratch all over again. You can easily find all resources in one place on authorSTREAM. Whether it’s the right use of tenses, nouns, pronouns, verbs, colons, semicolons, or the definite and indefinite articles…we have it all. That too, shared by subject matter experts. For free!
Here are two authorSTREAM Channels exclusively on grammar with a vast repository of expert presentations; each presentation covering one aspect of the language. Watch the visually engaging presentations in these Channels to write a blunder-free speech, essay, memo or any other form of written communication:
Here’s another grammar tip, nay, a life tip Yankovic has for all of us:
“Don’t be a moron
You’d better slow down
And use the right pronoun
Show the world you’re no clown
Everybody wise up!”
Did we make any grammar mistake in this article? There must be; after all we are no grammarians. Tell us our mistakes in the comments below. We’ll be happy to learn.