Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme.
In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?
More importantly, have you read them?
How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?
I don’t think that I actually have any style guides or grammar books on my shelves right now. However, I might have a copy of Strunk & White’s Elements of Style in a box at my parents’ house from some required book list or another in university. I definitely haven’t read it, though, except maybe referring to it once or twice when absolutely required by my professor.
I might actually have one book about grammar, though, because I was planning on using it for teaching writing skills to my high school students through funny examples. I don’t remember what it is off the top of my head, though.
At one point, I was actually starting to create “units” or lesson plans using Grammar Girl‘s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing. (This was before she started releasing CDs and books based on the podcast’s success.)
I haven’t actually gotten a chance to use them with my students, though, largely because up until this point, I’ve been teaching kids that don’t have high enough literacy skills to even access the language of the podcast or the writing skills book.
As for grammar in general, I’m usually fairly fussy. I don’t expect people to have perfect grammar, and I don’t expect it to be used all the time – for example, I give lots of leeway in text messages, IM conversations, etc. However, I do think that it makes someone sound rather unintelligent if they’re constantly misusing grammatical structures (or not using them at all.) It’s one of those things where you can tell if someone has decent grammar or not even if they’re not using it all the time – because you can tell when someone is breaking a rule on purpose as opposed to breaking a rule because they simply don’t know it at all.