Thursday, October 23, 2008

Here she goes again with the grammar.

Have I mentioned I love to read?

I do. And not just any trifle; I want reading material with real substance. Something to keep me on the edge of my seat, or mattress, since I usually read in bed.

I'm a subscriber to National Review because we just don't get enough political news these days. I don't know why I don't just get all my information from CNN because everybody knows that if you hear it on the Communist News Network it must be true. And while YouTube is entertaining, it's not to be depended on for accurate information.

And like 98 million other households, we get Reader's Digest and enjoy it. Although I will say, it's gone downhill a bit in recent years. We used to be able to count on RD to publish family-friendly articles and balanced, informative pieces, but I'm not so sure anymore. They seem to be leaning toward the left and I'm getting just a tad uncomfortable with it.

Anyway, I'm always on the lookout for something I think I might enjoy reading, so a few weeks ago when I realized it was National Punctuation Day, I thought I'd celebrate by looking for a good style book to help me sleep at night. I wound up finding Lapsing Into a Comma by Bill Walsh, Copy Desk Chief at the Washington Post, and haven't been able to put it down. Seriously, the excitement of commas, the intrigue of incorrect capitalization, his fascinating soliloquy on compound words and whether or not they should be joined as one or hyphenated - last night I was awake until 11 pm hanging on his every word!

The saddest part is that I am not kidding or exaggerating. I am such a geek. But a grammatically well-informed one. My favorite quote so far is, "Go ahead and call me anal-retentive, just make sure you hyphenate it."

How do you get a job as a copy editor?

Be thankful ~



Brother Ben said...

Hey Yall, I didn't know any of that when I married her, she was just a babe and I couldn't take it. Fortunately, she's still a babe. And I don't profess to know what anan-retentive is. And don't think I want to. She sure is good lookin though.

bensrib said...

That's because I misspelled it. Good thing I'm not REALLY anal-retentive, huh?

Deb said...

Still laughing about what dad said...!