The Day I Almost Invested in Poor Grammar…

I do not have perfect grammar. I find myself being corrected by others, or even correcting myself. Most of what I do know grammatically I blame on my extensive reading. Most of what I don’t know, I blame on some of my lame teachers growing up.

I love reading about grammar and how to use the English language, it’s important to know the rules before you try and bend them, which is a writer’s privilege. I love to find out what I’m doing wrong so I can improve it. I almost don’t mind if others correct me. (I only say almost because I have relatives who like to call people out in the most obnoxious ways at the most inopportune times. If you’re reading this…you know who you are. *shakes a condemning finger*)

All that to say…I nearly bought this shirt the other day…IMG_6047

I want to make a public apology to the world at large for almost investing $5 on this horrendous, public display of missing apostrophe syndrome. I also want to point out the irony, that this shirt was specifically designed for nerds and no self respecting nerd would ever purchase it.

Author: Rachel Svendsen

Rachel is a poet and writer from Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and children. Her short story "Filling the Silence" received an honorable mention in the 2019 Story Embers short story competition.

13 thoughts on “The Day I Almost Invested in Poor Grammar…”

  1. You are right that a real nerd probably wouldn’t wear that shirt. My son (a self identified nerd/geek) wears t-shirts that subtly identify with his specific interests, like an Alienware shirt with a simple logo of the stereotypical alien with over sized slanted eyes. He was amused recently when an older man asked if he was one of those people looking for life on other planets.

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  2. This reminds me of taking my son to clarinet lessons, which were given next to a snack place that had a sign advertising “Hot” Dogs. Danny and I used to talk about what the quotation marks around Hot were supposed to mean. Did the owner think that the marks were a means of emphasis, that is to say the dogs were REALLY hot. Or was it meant ironically, as in the so-called hot dogs which we all know are in reality only luke warm.

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