I love the Grammar Police
The Grammar Police are ever vigilant and frightfully quick on the draw whenever the tiniest of grammatical error, or erroneous spelling mistake hits the ether of the Internet.
So fast are they, that I have to say that I may forget about doing the tedious proofreading of my blog posts from now on, and simply wait for the Grammar Police to do it for me. And it’s free!
So how does this devious plan work?
I stumbled upon the idea a couple of days ago when I made a clumsy error. I wrote a new blog post, and as it was well after midnight by the time I had finished, I left it in draft and planned to do my proofreading and format checking the next morning. Better to be fresh to do all that stuff.
However, being as tired as I was, I inadvertently clicked the wrong button on my WordPress editor. Instead of ‘Save to Draft‘, I clicked ‘Publish‘.
I didn’t notice of course, and I went off to get ready for bed. I grabbed my phone, and as I was about to set my alarm, I noticed three new notifications on my Twitter feed. Yes, they were from the wonderfully alert Grammar Police! One was even kind enough to post a little image of the errors they found in my text. When I checked the link, I realised what had happened.
I of course immediately ran back to my laptop and corrected the errors, in a flash. Phew! Saved.
But what I realised, was that the Grammar Police are far more efficient than I could ever have imagined. Clearly, that must have hundreds, if not thousands of RSS feeds, Google Alerts or any number of other clever techie tools to track new blog posts, which they instantly peruse for the smallest sign or hint of grammar and spelling offences. In my case, one ‘your‘ instead of ‘you’re‘. I did double my offence though, by doing a copy and paste of part of this offending phrase, for emphasis. So, yes, I got into double trouble!
So anyway, the upshot of this little episode is that now it is clear that I can save myself a lot of time and energy. I don’t need to slave over my blog posts, proofreading and correcting before publishing. All I need to do is publish, wait for the Grammar Police to jump into action, and within thirty minutes, I can look at their suggested corrections, make a couple of edits if need be, and immediately republish my perfect text – before anyone other than the Grammar Police has had a chance to read it.
What a cunning plan!