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or perhaps I did, depending on how you define Zeus.

Surprise! My father showed up this weekend and was charming (as opposed to my mother, who was not, but that's another story, and not worth telling). In the discussion with my father, where we were congratulating each other that we Googled well, my father confessed that he has acquired quite a reputation among his colleagues as the Grammar Policeman.

I thought that particularly hilarious based on the timing of my last post. We must have spent a good ten minutes attempting to one-up each other with horrible common grammar and non-words. (I so wish I'd had some of the corkers from the comments in my last post! I had to take a hot shower after reading what you all wrote. You're all going to hell.) He physically recoiled from "orientate," as if I'd used a cattle prod.

Special highlights:
10 items or less fewer
less fewer calories
should of have
he pleaded pled guilty (damn you, AP!)
if I was were President

Guess I know where I get it.

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gooofy
May. 31st, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow.
so I completely misunderstood you. Sorry about that!
ladycaviar
Jun. 1st, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Re: Wow.
Nah, totally cool. How would you have known?

"Correct" grammar most often refers to "correct class speech," as in one is either one of "us," or one of "them," as indicated by subtle language choices. It doesn't have a damn thing to do with being "right" or "wrong." It has to do with being essentially "of the body, Llandru" (to use a Star Trek reference) and certainly, my entire upbringing was all about "we don't do that." You know, to this day, I still don't know who the hell "we" are. But you bet your ass I know what "we" do and do not say, that's for damn sure.

Your language blog rocks. How on earth did you find mine?