Weird Al
So unless you've been living under a rock -- and we're talking a very big rock and way deep -- you witnessed the birth of an editorial anthem this week in Weird Al Yankovic's "Word Crimes," a parody of Robin Thicke's not-nearly-as-awesome "Blurred Lines." If you did somehow miss it -- perhaps you were traveling or in a medically induced coma, I don't know -- here's the video in all its glory:

Not only is it one of the greatest songs (and videos) ever, it's garnered Al mainstream coverage via Rolling Stone, E!, the Wall Street Journal, Billboard, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and more. It's also gotten (as of this writing) just shy of 5 million views on YouTube. Perhaps the song really touched a nerve. Perhaps it's a rallying cry to all the word nerds out there to rise up and take back the English language!

Thy will be done, Al. Thy will be done.

By Steve Boudreault
 
 
Solidus Editorial Solutions Grammar Nazi
I answered my phone the other day and, thrilled to hear the voice of one of my favorite people on the other end, exclaimed, “How are you?!”

“I’m good!” my sweet friend said. Then after a pause, “Oh, I’m sorry. I should have said, ‘I’m doing well.’ I hope I didn’t annoy you.”

Annoy me? Seriously? How could this darling girl who has loved me like a sister for more than half my life possibly annoy me by committing such a minor grammatical sin? And there’s more! Two weeks ago, over lunch, a friend said to me, “Irregardless, I’m not going … and I know that the correct word is ‘regardless’ and I appreciate that you didn’t correct me.” I’ve never corrected someone’s spoken language usage in my life! How did I get this reputation?

I’m beginning to feel bad. Are editors viewed as strict grammarians, scrutinizing your every word and waiting to pull out our mental red pens if you happen to mix up the words "can" and "may"? Because it isn’t true! We’ll only correct you if you ask us to. And we just want to be loved.

By Emily Olson