Nobody Likes You

quote The above quote from Jim Gaffigan cracks me up. Why? Because it’s so true.

I’m aware that my Facebook friends dislike me for correcting their grammar. (Look, it’s my job, okay?)

Everyone gets angry when I dare say, “Don’t you mean lightning? I don’t think you meant that it was lightening outside.”

Or when I say, “Why are there twenty-five exclamation points here?”

And of course: “The words your and you’re are two different things.”

So when I have an error in my blog post or Facebook status and someone corrects me, I boil over with rage and proclaim, "Whatever! Who cares? It's the Internet."

Not likely.

First, I hyperventilate and scold myself for missing that obvious error. Then I search for the edit button and correct that bad boy. Then what?

I say, “Thank you.”

An editor who makes mistakes? And then says “thank you” when corrected? What a topsy-turvy world.

Why do I like it when people correct my grammar?

Because if my friend hadn’t corrected me one day, I’d still be pronouncing gallant as gal-ent.

Or I’d still be pronouncing novice as no-viss.

What if I still thought the word nonfiction were hyphenated?

Or what if I didn’t know the difference between the words blonde and blond?

If no one ever corrected me, then I wouldn’t make a very reliable copy editor, nor would I sound all that smart.

So why do I like it when people correct my unfortunate (albeit, rare) grammar mistakes? Because I don’t want to look like a fool.

So, please, correct away. If you see a grammar mistake of mine, tell me. I will gladly thank you.