“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