Those of you who’ve known me since high school will remember that I used to be the biggest grammar Nazi imaginable. So hell bent on educating the proletariat in the ways of the apostrophe was I, that I wrote a number of Facebook notes on the subject.
You will all be very glad to know that I am now a reformed grammar Nazi. It’s not that I’ve lost my love for the apostrophe or the various spellings of your and there, but rather I have come to realise that not everybody cares quite as much as I do and that not everybody needs to care.
As a result of my rehabilitation into normal society, it pains me to witness others who are still mired in the (rather one sided) debate. Yes, grammar is important and there is no real reason for choosing not to follow it except in texts where money can be saved, but let’s be honest here: everybody makes huge grammatical mistakes in just about every sentence which proceeds from their mouths.
Do we all know how to use a semi colon? No. Do those of us who are wise to its ways make use of the semi colon? No.
Do we all end sentences with prepositions? Yes. Do those of us who are in the minority by knowing that such a thing is wrong still continue to do so? Yes.
Do we all split phrasal verbs up*? Yes. Should we? No.
The only people who have a legitimate reason to be angry or at least slightly frustrated at grammar mishaps are the English teachers who taught us the basic rules in the first place. It’s the same sentiment you’d expect your maths teacher to have if you wrote 1+1=5.
*See what I did there anybody?