Today is National Grammar Day!
How can you participate? Here’s what Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the National Grammar Day website, had to say:
Speak well! Write well! And on March 4, march forth and spread the word. If you see a sign with a catastrophic apostrophe, send a kind note to the storekeeper. If your local newscaster says “Between you and I,” set him straight with a friendly e-mail.
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In honor of National Grammar Day I’ve created a Grammar & Punctuation blogroll on the right side of my blog. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally there.
Do you have some grammar pet peeves? I have a few, but one that sticks with me is nauseated versus nauseous. Blame that one on my college roommate, S, who is an absolute grammar snob!
Grammar Girl on nauseated versus nauseous:
It’s common to hear people say they’re nauseous when their stomach is upset, but language sticklers hold that nauseous means to induce nausea, whereas nauseated means you feel sick. So when you’re describing how sick you feel, you should say you are nauseated; when you’re describing something that makes you sick, you should call it nauseous.
Strunk and White agree that the adjective nauseous means “sickening to contemplate,” and the adjective nauseated means “sick to the stomach.” Strunk goes on to say:
Do not, therefore, say, “I feel nauseous,” unless you are sure you have that effect on others.
(I’m not a grammar snob, but rather a grammar educator, so I understand that “nauseous” may indeed become the more acceptable term in years to come. Still, because of my roommate, I can’t help but think of Strunk & White’s definition every time I hear someone use the word.)
My husband is a bit dyslexic, and calls me his built-in spell-check. I’m always helping him with distinguishing between “there, their, and they’re” and “too and to.” Misuse and abuse of apostrophes bothers me, too — I catch examples of these all the time on store signs (e.g., its and it’s). Also, “could of” instead of “could have.” It’s “have,” not “of”!
What’s your “favorite” grammar goof or pet peeve?
Which grammar goof is your pet peeve?
(Edited to add: Good catch on the “favorite peeve,” Lori! Least favorite doesn’t seem to work, either. Hmm. How about “most irritating”? See my edit above.)
Mrs. Write Right, Word Therapist, is a proud partner with the official National Grammar Day website.