Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sometimes...

...being a grammarian causes problems. Especially when said grammarian takes a person's bad grammar very literally.


(This didn't happen to me, obviously; I don't have any nuts to show off. I found it on http://www.fmylife.com/.)

I feel bad for this guy--in the context of the conversation with his co-worker, "your nuts" seemed pretty straightforward and, dare I say, appropriate. I guess next time this guy wants to flirt with someone, he should find someone who doesn't make such egregious homonym errors...

14 comments:

April said...

Well, she asked for it! Seems like a perfectly valid excuse to me.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahaha! I agree!

Bridgete said...

Hahaha! Yeah, it's her own fault.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Indeed!

LadyStyx said...

*cackles* Damn!

Dave said...

Looks like someone wasn't practicing safe sext-ing....

The Girl Next Door said...

ack! Oh no you didn't! tell me you didn't say you feel bad! Please tell me you said you feel Badly.

Signed, the grassroots society for the return of the adverb....

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Dave: I know! She sexted, unprotected, and now what if that poor guy catches a case of her bad grammar?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ The Girl Next Door: Oh, yes, I did say "bad"--and that's because it's *right*. :)

The Grammar Girl website explains it best:
The quick and dirty tip is that it is correct to say you feel bad when you are expressing an emotion. To say, “I feel badly,” implies that there's something wrong with your sense of touch. Every time I hear people say, “I feel badly,” I imagine them in a dark room having trouble feeling their way around with numb fingers.

Grammar Girl's full article can be found here:
http://tinyurl.com/cwcerh

BK21 said...

Lol at Nuts!!!

ChicagoLady said...

What if she had texted back "ur nuts"? How is the receiver of said text supposed to know which word she was intending? The dangers of texting are endless!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Ooh, the "ur nuts" would have been even WORSE! I hate that sort of stuff..."ur" for "you're" or "your," or expressions like "c u later"... (It made me cringe just TYPING those things... *shudder*)

Yvie said...

Serves her right, he was just doing what he was told. I brought muffins to my work today and my co-worker changed her gchat status to "Muffin's!".

I reaaaaalllly want to correct her.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahahaha! Do your muffins possess something that perhaps you're not aware of? :)