Grammar is important, but not in the way you think

I love it when people write things that I have been trying and failing to find the right words for.

Ozy: “I, as a grammar nerd, am endlessly in support of non-”proper”-grammar English: sometimes it has a beauty and emotional expressiveness than “properly” grammatical English does not. (I point skeptics to the Twitter of the incomparable quailitree.) To ignore that because of some bullshit rules that people made up in the nineteenth century is shitty as fuck.” (Read the whole thing)

Related, a three-part series on the same topic from Painting the Grey Area. Knowing “correct” grammar is a giant fucking privilege, y’all! It doesn’t make you better than other people, it just means you were luckier.

Part 1 : “My name is Chandra, and I am a recovering grammar snob.”

Part 2: “So, wow. Apparently people have a lot of feelings about grammar.”

Part 3: “Okay, this is my last word on this subject for the foreseeable future. I promise.”

If those three extremely well-thought-out posts, that address all of the major concerns of grammar snobs who cling to ideas of correctness even above the actual ability to communicate clearly and succinctly (sometimes ending a sentence with preposition is the lease worst option, for reals!), leave anyone unconvinced about the privileged and oppressive nature of grammar snobbery, then I don’t know what will.

Seriously, though, if you have hardass grammar snobs on your fb list, it’s totally fun to share any of these; you’ll wind up having awesome debates (if you’re into that kind of thing).

Edited to add more relevant articles:
From Balancing Jane: This one explores the ways in which grammar is used as a way of maintaining the kyriarchical (read: white supremacist) status quo by barring people of colour from many discursive contexts.

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