What Married Editor Couples Do on Friday Night
All in the space of one week, we’ve got Read Across America Day (March 2), National Grammar Day (March 4), and National Proofreading Day (March 8).
It’s a reader/writer/editor’s dream week. Except that, well, every day is Grammar Day for me—nights, weekends, holidays, you name it.
And I’m married to a writer/editor, which makes the whole situation even worse. (Or better? I’m not sure.) Not many couples have found themselves in a Friday night discussion about the merits of choosing one word over another in any given sentence. Or argued over the precise definition of a word, cared enough to look it up, and then continued to argue about whether Merriam-Webster’s recent update of the definition was simply catering to the thousands of people who use the word incorrectly.
Such is my life.
I asked my husband once whether he still would have married me if I consistently and mistakenly used the pronoun “I” when the correct choice would be “me.” (As in, “My parents left my sister and me home alone.” Not “My parents left my sister and I home alone.”) He said yes, but there was a significant pause before he answered. While that might seem awful, I actually respect that answer (kind of).
And please don’t take offense at what I’m about to confess. I silently correct your grammar as you speak. Don’t take it personally; I correct my own grammar as I speak, too. In conversation, you may occasionally see me pause mid-sentence to go back over my words mentally to make sure my grammar is correct (like the aforementioned “I” vs. “me” usage).
The fact that there’s a cat meme about correcting people’s grammar tells me that, at the very least, I’m not alone.
Happy National Grammar Day!