Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Can I Buy Me Love?

Look at Oprah up there, welcoming us all into her world of poor capitalization. Thanks to the Oprah Effect, millions of women have probably stopped capitalizing their O’s, their names, or both. It’s probably a good thing that Oprah’s grammatically irresponsible show is over.

Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s great that she so generously shared her favorite things with her audience. It’s just that one of my favorite things is properly capitalized words. It would have been great if she would have done both: given away her favorite things and practiced responsible capitalization.

Well, there’s a famous quote from one of Oprah’s favorite authors, Toni Morrison: “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” So I guess I must heed her advice. If I want to experience a properly capitalized favorite things give-away, I’ll have to create it myself.

And here are a few of my favorite things :

1. A Johnny Depp calendar. He's my flavor of every month.

2. A box of Lemon Zest Luna bars. I usually opt for chocolate-flavored, but these lemon-flavored bars are so dang delicious.

3. Nag Champa incense. It just smells so good.

4. The best movie ever. No, I'm not taking crazy pills.

5. I never get sick of listening to PJ Harvey's amazing CD, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.

If you want a chance to win one of my favorite things, all you really have to do is "like" me.

In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to try to expand my social media horizons, so I was thinking that maybe I could buy some friends.

You can earn a total of 5 points:

1 point for liking my Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares Facebook page

1 point for following me on Twitter @missedperiods

1 point for tweeting about this give-away

1 point for posting on Facebook about this give-away

1 point for leaving a comment telling me what one of your favorite things is (Sue me. I'm nosy.)

Then, leave the following information in the comments section:

The number of points you’ve accumulated

Your preferred prize

I will draw a winner a week from today, and if you happen to be that lucky winner, I'll contact you.

Coming up next week: Tom Cruise jumping like a lunatic on my couch. Stay tuned.


Jeffrey Beesler said...

Capitalize responsibly? Looks like the grammar police should have cited her with a HWM (Hosting While Misspelling) infraction.

Shelly said...

I am another Luna Bar lover and have hidden a new box away so no one else in my family can scavenge through it. I'm selfish like that.

I also love I Love Lucy. I have all the DVD's and on a rainy day my guilty pleasure is watching several shows in a row.

I liked you on Facebook, but alas, I don't really do Twitter.

Jessica Bell said...

You love Johnny. I love Johnny. You love Polly. I love Polly. That's all I have to say about that ... um, except Oh? (Re: Oprah).

Dylan Fitzgerald said...

Okay, so here's the flipside of under-capitalization: how do you feel about over-capitalization? When I'm making a point in writing (or trying to make a point) sometimes I spontaneously knight humble old nouns into Proper Nouns. I think in moderation it can be kind of funny, but it is rare that I indulge in moderation...

I liked you on Facebook and posted on the wall, but I don't think that's a point. So I guess two points?

One of my favorite things is basil infused simple syrup. Throw some gin and a squeeze of lime on top of it and allow bliss to set in.

Shannon said...

I'm not a huge capitalizer. If I'm on facebook or writing a social email, I'll drop the caps.

But I didn't get it from Oprah. I've never watched her show.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

One of my favorite things is soda. I know it's lame, but it's true. It de-stresses me and helps me write. :)

And I'm at four points. Nifty. :) All of those prizes look great!

notesfromnadir said...

Oprah's so rich she doesn't need to capitalize!

Nag Champa incense is so relaxing.

I would like you on FB but I've unfortunately reached my limit of likes for some reason.

the late phoenix said...

did someone mention capitalization? signed, the late phoenix

Jaya J said...

I love a bright, sunny evening so I can run and feel free with Johnny Depp on my mind :)

I capitalize but it's hard to stay capitalized on FB, Twitter and iPhone. I think I've got all five points and I like the way you capitalize on social networks for your book!

Rachael said...

I am also a stickler about capitalization. I have a coworker who doesn't bother with them even in official emails and memos, and it drives me crazy.

One of my favorite things is the smell of lavender. I actually hate when they combine it with other stuff, so no lavender-vanilla soap or lavender-chamomile candles around here.

I think I'm at two points, and I would absolutely take an extra copy of Zoolander off of your hands.

Liz said...

I fully agree with number 4.

Red Shoes said...

You teach English/Writing at the college level? Poor thing... I teach Finance/Economics at a small university in Mississippi... the students are upset when I count off points on their work for spelling errors, subject-verb issues, etc etc etc...

They tell me that I am not being fair when I do that... since it isn't a writing class. I remind them that someone further down the line is going to grade them even more harshly that I am... and that could cost them a promotion or even their position!

I look forward to reading your blog. It sounds like fun...


James Garcia Jr said...

Jenny, this blog is one of my favorite things! Love your photo. Look forward to reading your tweets!


Stephanie Faris said...

Back in my days of designing websites, I remember doing things like failing to capitalize to make something look better. It always bothered the grammarian in me, but I did it anyway!

Theresa Milstein said...

You wouldn't like my business cards. I bought them from Colorful Images. The two-sided ones didn't have too many options if I wanted the number of characters I needed to put my website. So I chose the one that has my name in lower case.

I'll like you on Facebook and I'll link this on Facebook. And I'm leaving a comment about one of my favorite things: my Trek cruiser bicycle in turquoise.

Jen Daiker said...

I died laughing reading your Johnny Depp calendar. Only because I was thinking the same damn thing!

Anonymous said...

I love Zoolander. Great movie. Heard they're doing a sequel and looking forward to that.

Jessica said...

Lemon Zest Luna Bars, Zoolander, and that particular PJ Harvey album would all be on my list too! I'll be sure to go for ALL of the points on this one!