I am a grammar Nazi extraordinaire and I get genuinely upset when EVERY, SINGLE THING I READ on the Internet is rife with errors. Not just misspellings and missed commas, but missing and extra words, or skipped lines, or any number of mistakes easily corrected by a single pass through by someone other than the author.

I know I see other people’s mistakes way more easily than I see my own.

All that said, the Internet has also corrupted me with a little bit of the “if ya can’t beat 'em, join 'em” bug. I think a lot of people ( including me) have come to rely upon autocorrect and end up with lots of ins that should be ons and lives that should be loves.

And I wouldn’t be an editor anywhere on here for anything. People can be incredibly sensitive about their words. Unless I’m hired specifically to fix that stuff someday, or asked by the writer personally ( I edit much of my good friend’s graduate work towards her MFA in creative writing. But only if she asks me to), I’m not touching the stuff.

This was probably not a helpful response.

OOH BUT one of my biggest pet peeves is this publication online that I get clickbaited through to more often than I’d like to admit. They do those articles like,

32 Stars Who Died Too Young

And such…And the writing is SOOOOO BAD!!! For example:

“John Doe was only four and twenty years on the earth when the world and his family was robbed of him by that thief, death”

And I could stomach that (barely) if it were just the style of the article. But it’s like the writer was trying not to be repetitive and so used as many odd variations of “He was 24 when he died” as he can dream up. Regardless how ridiculous it sounds. ARGHHH PET PEEVE!!!

(though, mostly, it usually peeves me because I want someone to share it with and I only ever read that stuff when I’m on the toilet, so that’s not freaking likely.)


I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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