Grammar Matters!

Heather Harper I Borderline Press I April 18weird, 2016

The notion that is important is common sense; everyone knows that, right? What some people know is that common sense is rarely common. It may seem elementary, but I have been acquainted with many adults who continue to fail to grasp the basics of grammar or why it matters. These people who shall remain nameless, believe grammar is not that important; while my argument from a writer’s point of view, is that it is very important.

So whose right? Or shall I say, who’s right?

See what I did there? The difference in the of a word alters (not altars) the meaning of the word.

You know what’s weird? A few weeks ago, I wrote about serendipity and finding things in unusual places. Since I was about grammar, I looked up the definition on Merriam-Webster’s and came across the word of the day, “kismet”, which means fate. I was then posed with a challenge question after reading the definition. It read: A five letter synonym for kismet that begins with the letter “W”. I thought about it for a moment, could not think of anything, and checked the answer.

To my surprise, the answer was weird: a noun, and the simple definition is:
1. fate, destiny; especially: ill fortune
2. soothsayer

Pow! That hit me like a ton of bricks. While writing an article about using words correctly, I come to learn that I have misunderstood a common word for decades! Evidently, this word is not only an adjective, it is a noun as well. In this matter, I believe writing about grammar was not only serendipitous, but it was also my kismet to learn something that changes my perspective. It simply reinforces the idea that there are countless nuances in the English language, and it is important to pay attention to the words we use in order to communicate effectively.

Sound pretty simple, right? Go ahead and give it a try!


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