Friday, October 22, 2010

Two pedants walk into a bar...

...You'd think one of them would've seen it.

Coming just days after my Grammar Nazi post, I found this video particularly fun and enlightening.

While I enjoy proper spelling and grammar, I'm less concerned with syntax than I am with using the right word in a given situation. Your not going to a wedding. You're going to a wedding. See what I mean?

The video is narrated by the brilliant Stephen Fry, and the thing that I took away from it was that language is a living, breathing, organic thing.

As a long-time believer in using "conversational grammar" in all but the most formal of circumstances, I know in my heart of hearts that Fry is right. We have the right to shape language and bend it and caress it into whatever form agrees with it.

As a personal favor, however, can we all commit to drawing the line at cramming language, shoving it, breaking it, or forcing it--kicking and screaming--into submission? It's not a pretty sight, and it seldom ends well.


  1. I enjoyed this thoroughly and agree whole-heartedly.

  2. @Alex - Thanks. I knew I could count on you're support!

    @Carolyn - That was excelsior!