Unless you happen to be an English major or a rabid Chomskian, you probably don’t spend much, if any, time considering grammar. You’re not alone. Yet concerns about grammar, or rather concerns about poor grammar, hamstring many of us in our attempts at writing.First, set aside those who debate use of the serial comma and the aesthetic appeal of the dash versus the semicolon. It’s all well and good that a small percentage of the population is facile with grammatical minutia. However, it’s exactly those people who make everyone else self-conscious.
Put simply, we’re just trying to write something that makes sense and says what we want to say.
If you’ve felt the specter a real or imagined grammar enforcer looking over your shoulder as you type away, take a moment to peruse June Casagrande’s ChangeThis treatise, “Beyond Snobbery: Grammar Need Not Be Cruel to Be Cool.” Casagrande’s a fan of grammar, but she’s not a fan of grammar snobs and she lays out her educational argument clad in the robe of humor that offers a new appreciation of grammar’s dismal science.