(Photo courtesy of Eli Reusch on Flickr under CC license)
(Photo courtesy of Eli Reusch on Flickr under CC license)


The only thing that I love more than cats is proper language. I find joy in grammar, syntax, and comma placement.

I look for misspellings on signs, typos in papers, and want to slice the people who end sentences with prepositions when they can be avoided. And although I enjoy having this superiority over people, there is really no reason that I should have to witness such awful mistakes. I like to believe that we, as Americans, are generally intelligent.

If that’s not the case, we at least have a lot of opportunity to be. When I see people twice my age making grammatical mistakes on Facebook, I cringe. If you are a middle class American on a social media website, there is no reason to misuse “too, to, and two” or “they’re, their, and there”.

I vividly remember learning these rules in my second grade class. Sadly, my peers have forgotten their elementary school teachings. This is why I cannot stand doing peer editing in my classes. Why should I have to spend my time fixing your misplaced commas and incorrect word usage? Like I said, I do enjoy showing off how wonderfully I can write, but it’s lonely on top.

In the defense of my peers, it is almost impossible to be vigilant with grammar when mistakes are all around us. I saw a spelling mistake on a giant sign at The Toledo Zoo. How did no one see that before it went up in the exhibit? It disgusts me that we are in the 21st century and have so many resources at our disposal.

There is no excuse. I see newspapers with grammar mistakes every week. It troubles me. I wish everyone took as much pride in proper language as I do, but as that will never happen, I guess I’ll just have to continue flaunting my superiority until you all get it right.