I don’t want to name names because my high school reunion is coming up next year and I am sure every single person from the Canyon High School class of '93 reads this blog and I don’t want trouble, but SOMEONE I went to high school with once proclaimed in anguish, “It’s SO HARD being popular!”
Boo hoo, right? That’s like Charlize Theron saying, “It totally sucks being genetically perfect” or Jennifer Westfeldt lamenting, “Why do I have to be the one who sleeps with Jon Hamm!”
But, being the hypocrite that I am, I found myself doing something similar this weekend. I was penning an email to a publication in hopes of getting an interview, and I whined to myself, “It sucks having to be grammatically correct all the time!”
I felt like an asshole for thinking complaining thoughts because without grammar I wouldn’t have a book. But I am terrified that one slip up with the wrong “there” and I am written off as a fraud forever—which, I know, I should be.
But that got me thinking: not all grammatical errors are equal, are they? I, for example, cringe when people write “could of” instead of “could’ve,” but I am totally okay with people using “who” when they should be using “whom.”
What are your grammar deal breakers, and which errors do you let slide?