25 May 2006

Grammar Grrrl Hits the Big O

I taught another new class yesterday — a grammar review and a how-to on writing business e-mail — and the results from the pilot were amazing, surpassing April’s technical writing class. My evaluation score? On a 10-point scale, my class rated me a 9.86. Even got a standing ovation from them. I have to admit, I was on fire. I was funny, I was in the zone, I had them eating out of the palm of my hand — and on one hour of sleep, no less.

I hate to bare my geeky side to the world, but grammar turns me on. My grammar porn excites me. I subscribe to two word-a-day blasts. I eagerly await the arrival of my weekly grammar newsgroup bulletin. My red pen and well-worn AP Stylebook are always within reach, ready to play. A heated discussion on a misused quotation mark, and I can go all night, deeper and longer than you ever dreamed was punctuationally possible. I’m getting flushed just thinking about it.

So, to be in front of a group of people, talking about the comma … the difference between “that,” “which, and “who” … trimming the fat from a sentence … well, I became a bit of an exhibitionist. I flirted. I teased. I spilled deep, dark grammar secrets (yes, sometimes I do edit the wannabeau’s e-mails when I reply). And I nailed it. It was a lot of work developing the course — I’m a copywriter, not a trainer — but damn, it was fun. I even slipped in R.E.M. and Elvis references.

Off to smoke a ciggie and enjoy the afterglow of a great grammar session …

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9 Comments:

At 5/25/2006 12:49:00 PM, Anonymous paul said...

Maybe you should teach full-time...

 
At 5/25/2006 01:16:00 PM, Blogger Marni said...

Can I be in your next class? I need some of that excitement!

 
At 5/26/2006 07:18:00 AM, Anonymous robert said...

You're so sexy when you conjugate.

 
At 5/27/2006 10:57:00 AM, Anonymous HollyC said...

Wow, you had better teachers than I did! Can you send me the "word a day" thingy? My sister would get off on that..

 
At 5/27/2006 11:04:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Mrs. Lamb, advanced grammar, senior year + Mrs. Barrett = my obsession with grammar

 
At 6/03/2006 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Professor Bastard said...

Mmmmmmm . . . grammar. God, I love grammar. I don't teach writing these days, and so I miss getting all worked up over grammar.

Does usage do it for you too?

 
At 6/03/2006 06:06:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

*growl*
I can go all night on a good word usage. Let's debate "fewer" vs. "less" ... "more than" vs. "over" ... "use" vs. "utilize" ... ah, I'm getting myself all worked up ... better go surf a good online dictionary.

 
At 6/04/2006 06:24:00 PM, Blogger Professor Bastard said...

What IS there to debate re: "use" versus "utilize"? I mean, really, is the latter ever needed or even preferable to good ol' "use"?

Please . . .

Have you seen Garner's Dictionary of Modern American Usage? Quite the fun and generally sane read. And David Foster Wallace's essay on it in Harper's a couple years ago makes for a fun, fun and hot, hot time.

 
At 6/04/2006 08:06:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

A man after my word-loving heart; you get the pomposity of "utilize" ...

I just Amazon'ed "Garner's." I'll let you know what I think. I'm off to search for the DFW essay. I've always thought of myself as "The Girl with Curious Hair."

 

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