Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bad grammar can kill your love life

Chalk another one up for us grammar nerds. Listen to what "Loss for Words" has to say in the "Ask Amy" column in today's Journal Gazette:

Dear Amy: I am dating a very, very nice man. We get along fabulously and have for the past year. There's just one problem--his language skills...

For example, he consistently uses the wrong verb tenses in speech and incorrect words such as "hisself" instead of "himself."

[...]

I'm in my early 30s and reluctant to reject a good, kind man because of this seemingly small thing, but it is an increasing concern for me...
So watch those verb tenses, ye single folk. Poor language skills are a total turnoff.

3 comments:

Beth said...

I seen that too. Now I knows why I don't get no dates.

Julianne said...

Ha! I debated this today with a fellow former copy editor. Text shorthand vs. text loss of hand control? Is dropping apostrophes for the sake of time as bad as using the wrong homophone for "their"? And if you use the word "homophone" around your guy, will he think you're accusing him of being scared of gay men?

BTW, check out this McDonald's promotion:

http://blogs.menupages.com/chicago/

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