As an English teacher, I often find myself bashing my head against the wall, or popping the cork off a new bottle of Bushmills, because grading student essays can sometimes be like reading the lyrics to the latest rap song. I do not understand how so many students missed out on elementary school grammar, or the lesson about clicking the green check mark on Microsoft Word for a quick grammar check, or re-reading the essay out loud, or caring at all when writing it in the first place. I have no larger pet peeve than those who choose to disregard basic grammatical issues.
If I am a part of Generation X, then this new generation needs a much more descriptive title, and I think I’ve got it. This generation will be called: Generation 50 Cent. It consists of children with “birfdays” instead of “birthdays,” and too many who like to “potty” instead of “party” – actually, they definitely enjoy partying as well. So much so that they’ve neglected to remember that high school ends one day, and text speak, or spliced words like “cray” or “gon” or “aight” or “ish” – whatever that actually means – are not going to cut it in the real world. Eventually, this will all catch up to them, and while they’re sucking off the teet of gov’ment assis’ance ‘cuz they can’t fin’ no j.o.b. yo, I’ll be even more angry because my newspaper – or online news or whatever it is by that point – will be written like a damn 50 Cent song, and I’ll be “pottying” all over it.
And this all brings me to the Question of the Day:
What is your biggest grammatical pet peeve?