The Importance of Grammar

So, this blog post isn’t really about etiquette OR tradition. It’s about grammar. However, in truth, just like etiquette helps you put your best foot forward, so does correct grammar. This, by no means, implies you have to be perfectly correct every time you speak. I end sentences with prepositions. 😉 To be perfectly honest, my aunt is a very good English teacher, so I’ve been exposed to grammar from an early age. In fact, she taught me to nictitate (wink) before kindergarten. Still, I fall very short of proper grammar all of the time.

A good friend of mine (who blogs at had a post recently about etiquette essentially helping us become better people – more civilized, more respectful and so on. There are a few areas of grammar that seem to have gotten away from us.

First, “could care less.” If you could care less, that means you care. The amount you care could be decreased. What most people likely mean when they say they “could care less” is that they “couldn’t care less.” If you couldn’t care less, the amount you care cannot decrease.

Secondly, the pronunciation of mischievous. It’s not mis-CHEE-vee-us. For some reason, the popularity of the wrong pronunciation has increased recently.

Finally, another common mistake I hear is people using “I” always instead of “me.” A hint my middle school English teacher taught us is to remove the other person. You wouldn’t say (or shouldn’t, at least) “This belongs to Sam and I.” Removing Sam, the sentence would read, “This belongs to I.”

I hope this was a helpful post, even if it isn’t specific to etiquette. Just like etiquette will help you in life, I believe grammar will, as well.

As always, thank you for reading!