What seems like an entire lifetime ago, I was a high school English teacher. For nine years, I taught high school students how to write, how to speak, and how to correctly manipulate the English language. It was work that I was proud of. I felt like giving them control of the language they spoke placed them at an advantage, because when you can effectively express yourself, you can navigate life on an entirely different level.
But when the politics and bullshit of public education became more than I could handle, I resigned from teaching to
start my own business as an editor and a freelance writer.
What completely surprised me was just how many adults have no concept of proper grammar. Editing manuscripts and Ph.D dissertations and other official documents and seeing the unbelievably high number of glaring, ridiculous grammatical errors helped me to realize that adults know even less than my high school students did. Adults—professional, college educated adults—needed grammar lessons just as desperately as did my high school students.
Thus, #grammarlessonsforthepeople was born.
I’m a naturally sarcastic person. I get my points across with humor, and I can be quite crass from time to time, but I compose these lessons in ways that adults can not only understand and appreciate them but also apply them to their everyday lives.
Why are words so important to me?
Slaves weren’t allowed to read. Have you ever thought about why? We think in words. Not knowing words takes away our ability to make complete thoughts. Not knowing words took our power away. How could we dream freedom and formulate exactly what it was or how to achieve it if we didn’t have the vocabulary to do so?
Words are powerful. Understanding how to properly use them gives us the power of words. Presenting correct grammar is so important because it shows that we have the knowledge to manipulate language. Knowing how to manipulate language allows us into conversations that matter, conversations that earn money and change our communities, our world, and our lives.
#Grammarlessonsforthepeople isn’t just funny. It’s power. The pen will always be mightier than the sword. Thus, it’s so important, vital even, to know how to wield the pen in ways that produce your desired results.
And I promise you that the people who have the power to really change your life aren’t gonna be checking for you if you can’t spell, aren’t using words in the correct context, and are making one careless grammatical error after the other.
I invite and encourage you all to get into my #grammarlessonsforthepeople, and even my #grammarquestionsforthepeople, where you can ask all the questions pertaining to grammar that you may have.
Words are life. They are literally life. Use them wisely. Use them correctly.
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