I would be remiss if I didn’t spotlight Weird Al Yankovic’s latest hit, “Word Crimes” as the star of this week’s Grammar Hammer. Off his newest album, “Mandatory Fun,” the viral sensation tackles the most egregious grammar errors of all time and proves once and for all that you can be a stunningly creative songwriter and still employ the rules of grammar to get your point across.
To my delight, I counted ten grammar topics mentioned in “Word Crimes” that I have also covered via Grammar Hammer:
- Verb tense
- Nouns and prepositions
- Less vs. Fewer
- I could care less
- Oxford comma
- Quotation Marks
- Good vs. Well
- Literally vs. Figuratively
I also gained a few more great suggestions for future posts, which shows that we have a lot of work left to do when it comes to fighting bad grammar. At PR Newswire, the Customer Content Services Team thoroughly reads each press release that crosses our wire and catches around 4,000 errors per month. It’s slightly embarrassing (but more delightful) to think about how often I engage in conversations about grammar with my team.
You might also want to check out Grammarly’s exclusive interview with Yankovic about the song and the challenges of proper grammar in songwriting.
Author Catherine Spicer is a manager of customer content services at PR Newswire.