11 July 2007

You Leave the Blog Room for a Day …

… and the kids run amuck in your comment box. It's fun to see y’all arguing grammar points and flirting with each another. I’ll respond to your comments soon … if I ever catch up on the sleep I missed between 6:30 a.m. Monday and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. I never sleep the night before a class — and this was the first time I’d taught a grammar course, so I was doubly nervous and (triply?) stressed.

Tuesday’s class went well. The participants liked the way I structured the class … they learned things … I got laughs and used R.E.M. in several examples … and we enjoyed some spirited grammar and word-usage arguments. I also racked up excellent evaluation scores — without dropping my pants. Your wishes and encouragement helped me get those scores.

Several of you mentioned concerns about the grammar used on your blogs and in your comments. Worry not, dear readers. While I may sneer at a poorly written corporate e-mail, I don’t sneer at blog grammar … well, not often, anyway. This is where we get to let down our syntax hair and just be ourselves. It’s the content that matters in this part of our world, not the way it’s written.

And for those of you who asked for grammar tips, keep an eye out for the launch of my Grammar Grrrl blog.

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19 Comments:

At 7/11/2007 11:42:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Woo hoo!! Glad to hear it went well.

 
At 7/12/2007 02:00:00 AM, Blogger blog Portland said...

I can only assume you pictured everyone naked. That or using improper sentence structure.

 
At 7/12/2007 05:58:00 AM, Blogger David Amulet said...

YAY! Grammar! Make sure you remind everyone to get rid of that archaic practice of two spaces after periods. Ridiculous!

-- david

 
At 7/12/2007 06:50:00 AM, Blogger Marni said...

I knew it would go well...

can't wait to read the new blog!

 
At 7/12/2007 08:03:00 AM, Anonymous gifted typist said...

You gotta love a grrrrl who cracks a whip on one of those dangling participles

Here is a grammer girl I occasionally visit:
http://grammar.qdnow.com/

 
At 7/12/2007 08:22:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

DR. MONKEY VON MONKERSTEIN: That's woo-damn-hoo!, sir.

BLOG PORTLAND: Nah, didn't want to visualize that crew naked. I went for the improper sentence structure fantasy.

DAVID AMULET: I love two spaces after the period. My eye loves white space.

MARNI: Thanks!

GIFTED TYPIST: I got 'em giggling over dangling modifiers. I'll check out this site today, GT.

 
At 7/12/2007 08:45:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

Whew...

I can relax now--no more freaking out under the weight of all that judgement.

Glad to hear it went well!

 
At 7/12/2007 09:23:00 AM, Blogger blueblanket said...

Always happy to contribute to mass hysteria.

 
At 7/12/2007 09:26:00 AM, Blogger Rhetorically Sterculian said...

Given a chance, I'd split an infintive or two with you.
Perhaps on a blanket(not blue!) in a park with wine, bread, cheese and a reading from Anais Nin or Miller's Opus Pistorum.

Well?
You did mention flirting in the handy comments facility

 
At 7/12/2007 11:08:00 AM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

Have you considered an entirely REM-based curriculum?

You could really have fun by having part of the class based on the first couple of records, where you couldn't really tell what Michael Stipe was singing.

 
At 7/12/2007 11:11:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

So glad to hear that no pants (proverbial or otherwise) were dropped in the teaching of grammar. It was lovely to see all the grammar geeks coming out of the closet to joust on your site. (Didja notice the two spaces after the period? I loves me some white space as well.)

Grammar Grrrl sounds like a must-visit blog!

 
At 7/12/2007 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

BUBS: I enjoy your posts too much to notice your syntax and spelling. (p.s. I'll miss Johnny's face, but I'm glad to see your fezzed head again.)

BLUE BLANKET: A lovely actress such as yourself should always get the mayhem goin'. Glad you played!

RHETORICALLY STERCULIAN: Are you still flirting with Blue Blanket? I love incorrigible men.

JOHNNY YEN: I am now. I work in examples using their names or song titles — but a full-on R.E.M. class would be FAB! Of course, nobody would know who was right or wrong on the lyrics ... which made early R.E.M. records much more fun!

BARBARA: I'm beginning to think you and I are the arbiters of taste and style in this blogosphere. I hate it when Blogger cuts my second space.

 
At 7/12/2007 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Rhetorically Sterculian said...

Beth, my little maidel mit a vayndel
I was flirting with you!
Sheesh!

Nu?
Incorrigible men?
Azoy?
Gevalt!

 
At 7/12/2007 02:16:00 PM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

Yay!! You're class went well. That gypsy chant must've worked. Now you say one for me so I don't mess up my hour long French presentation. Oh and I still say you should do online courses. Oh and sorry for the comment mess. I'll be sure not to draw on the comment walls with crayons anymore. :P Ya'll feel free to correct my grammarically erroneous comment. I know Ya'll ain't a real word right?

 
At 7/12/2007 07:01:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

I actually changed the header on my blog a couple days ago to reflect the fact that I care very little for grammar in my "personal" space.

 
At 7/13/2007 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

RHETORICALLY STERCULIAN: I love a sweet-talkin' man; throw me your best flirt, doll.

ARTFUL DODGER: I've been chanting the French vibes, so keep me posted. And, in this part of the world, y'all is definitely a word.

JEREMY: Saw it. Laughed. Loved.

 
At 7/14/2007 11:33:00 AM, Blogger jewgirl said...

MAZEL TOV, BABY!!! I am not surprised you kicked ass. you're a riot and so damn smart.

the minute you launch grammar grrrl, you have to let us/me know asap. A-S-A-P!

 
At 7/14/2007 04:40:00 PM, Blogger chelene said...

Glad it went well and I can't wait to bookmark the new blog!

 
At 7/17/2007 06:43:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

JEWGIRL: Thanks, doll! I hope to get Grammar Grrrl off the ground in the next few weeks.

CHELENE: I'll make a big announcement when I get the blog rolling.

 

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