OK, I admit I do this fairly often. It’s the suppressed English teacher in me coming through. If you are a friend or relative, I will try very hard not to voice my correction (lie or lay? who or whom? it’s or its? was or were?), but if you are a certain president, he who shall not be named, no holds are barred. That’s me yelling and sneering at the television. And I don’t confine myself to grammar: typos, incorrect spelling, and syntax are fair game. And well they should be. I fear we are the world’s laughingstock . Me? I’m crying–for so many reasons.
Oh, to have a literate (and sane) president once more.
What do you think I should do? I have a friend who lives in another city. Often on Facebook I see her posts involving her and another person; her style always goes for “myself,” as in, “Larry and myself went away for the weekend,” or “Larry and myself saw a great movie yesterday.
I guess it doesn’t take much to drive me crazy, but sentences like those do the trick. I am so tempted to tell her that “myself” is used only for emphasis when you’ve already mentioned yourself: “I planted those apple trees myself.” I think she sounds ignorant, yet she is a bright, talented person.
A voice in my head says to let it go. What difference does it make? But another voice says she is being judged unfairly because of her grammar, and that bothers me. And yet a third voice tells me I can’t change the world’s grammar.
I doubt she reads my blog. If she does and if she recognizes herself, my problem is solved. I would hope it wouldn’t be a friendship breaker. What would you do?
Whoops! I just realized I’d better not post this to Facebook.