In an amazing, well-crafted video, “Weird Al” Yankovic shares my despair. If you enjoy it, read the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. One of my favourite quotes from her book is :
I apologize if you all know this, but the point is many, many people do not. Why else would they open a large play area for children, hang up a sign saying “Giant Kid’s Playground”, and then wonder why everyone says away from it? (Answer: everyone is scared of the Giant Kid.)
And it’s that you’re awesome!
Grammar snobs everywhere should unite over Weird Al’s latest song, released yesterday.
It’s called “Word Crimes,” sung to the catchy tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” and this might be the best four minutes you’ve spent on learning grammar in your entire life. I know it will at least be the best four minutes you spend today.
Take it away, Weird Al. Yeah, yeah, yeah.