Inheriting an Addiction to Words
December 17, 2008 § 15 Comments
Until a few years ago, I loved to complain about my dad’s relentless desire to beat proper word usage into his daughters (there are three of us). But as I’ve aged – and let’s not even talk about how I’m sounding more and more like my mother – I’ve become like him: addicted to the sweetness of accurate language.
My name is Pamela and I am a grammar whore (definitions #1 and #3).
I snarkily comment – mentally- when I see misused words, poor punctuation, and its instead of it’s.
So it’s been thrilling to find huge numbers of blogs run by people more serious, educated and snarky than me, dedicated to teaching us how to accurately use the written word.
Of course, since I began perusing them, it takes me three times longer to edit – I’m obsessed with looking for errors or enhancements. But that’s the price you pay for addiction: it’s enticing, scary and exhilarating.
If you’d care to join me, here are a few sites I’ve been mainlining:
Be careful. It’s easy to get hooked.