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Stop, In The Name of My Textbook

After nearly two months on the job, I think I've finally decided what is my favorite part of being an editorial intern

Grammar patrol!

I love the English language. I love being a know-it-all. Therefore fixing typos and navigating the rather convoluted passageways of the Associated Press style of writing is basically one of the best parts of my day. Not that I'm the sheriff of the grammar police yet. Or even a deputy. I'm really more like a cadet trailing after the policemen (actually, here, it's women) with the real guns. But there comes a moment when my little trainee self catches the difference between "further" and "farther," and I SLASH! with my green pen (everybody has a different color when they edit, mine is green, a bit of trufax insider info from the JFP). You may accuse me of power-tripping, but being a smarty-pants is all I really have. In fact, in the sixth grade, the school paper voted me the class know-it-all. Some may have crawled away in shame, but I just wish I had a sash and a crown to go with my title.

So beware, all you "ya'll" users and those of you who still can't tell "you're" from "your," because I'm a-coming!

Previous Comments

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132572
Comment

You may accuse me of power-tripping, but being a smarty-pants is all I really have. Oh, no. You also have a Camaro. Grrrr.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-07-29T12:44:53-06:00
ID
132573
Comment

Camaros are for beer swilling, Spam eaten, mullett wearing, 2nd cousin marrying rednecks. You need a Mustang, cause any thing else is just a car.. :)

Author
BubbaT
Date
2008-07-29T12:57:20-06:00
ID
132574
Comment

Well, all my errors are intentional. I don't want people thinking I'm smart and tri-lingual - english, jive and ebonics.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-07-29T13:03:24-06:00
ID
132579
Comment

Just a minute BubbaT, with all due respect, I have a Camaro (1981, mustard gold) and I'd never consider marrying my cousin. LaurenB- Wear your smarty-pants tiara and drive that Camaro PROUDLY!

Author
urbangypsy
Date
2008-07-29T15:13:20-06:00
ID
132599
Comment

Yes, I just corrected your grammar. I promise it looks better my way :P y'all or ya'll???? old school debate on that one around these parts.

Author
emilyb
Date
2008-07-29T18:15:25-06:00
ID
132605
Comment

It's got to be "y'all," with the apostrophe standing in for the "ou" in "you." Like the apostrophe in can't stands in for "no" in "cannot" and the one in you're stands in for the "a" in "you are."

Author
Ronni_Mott
Date
2008-07-29T19:08:38-06:00
ID
132608
Comment

Ronni, as a fellow member of the grammar patrol, I must say that you are correct. it is "y'all." BTW, I hate it when people write "grammer" instead of "grammar." Aaaaaaaaah!

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2008-07-29T19:56:48-06:00
ID
132636
Comment

I like green.

Author
optimisticaboutNewJackCity
Date
2008-07-30T18:02:40-06:00

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