My mom tells the story that I was in kindergarten or first grade when a significant event in my life happened. My mom, my teacher (who will remain anonymous for obvious reasons), and I were standing outside of the classroom door one afternoon. We were talking about the school day, the art projects I was working on, the strep throat that was going around, and other generalities. My mom says that when Mrs. So-and-so used the incorrect use of "me and I" far too many times, I finally stepped in. "It's 'Erin and I are going to have a fun day tomorrow!' Not 'Me and Erin!!!'" There. I said it. It bothered me so much! How could my teacher get this so wrong? Here's the funny thing. Back when I was in school (but really, I'm not that old) kids didn't learn to read until the end of kindergarten to the beginning of first grade. So here I was correcting my very own teacher's grammar before I could even read! I know I'm not alone in this. Bad grammar bothers people!
I'm very fortunate in that my mom corrected my grammar from the time I began speaking. That is how I could correct my teacher's grammar before I could even read. My mom gave me such an invaluable gift. The reading/writing portions of tests were a piece of cake for me. I never had to study the sentence and think about parts of speech. I could read the sentence once and know what was wrong.
Here's another funny gift that I have. You might even call it an innate ability. I warned you that it's funny. Here it is. I have a gift of being able to find lost jewelry. I'm talking about a tiny earring back that fell off when you were taking off your sweater out at the barn. Or the little gold hoop that fell in the grass during a summer picnic. Gone, right? Nope! I can find it. Those little, tiny things have a way of catching my eye.
What does finding lost jewelry have to do with correcting grammar? I can spot typos and grammatical errors with one, quick glance! I'm serious. Not everyone can do that. We live in such a competitive, fast-paced world that having someone that can spot those accidental mistakes can give you the cutting edge.
Here's a little food for thought. Do you remember your teacher saying you can't start sentences with "But"? We probably all do. But here's the thing-there is no real rule for beginning a sentence with "But." In fact, experienced writers develop a talent for knowing how to convey their tone and talent. And sometimes that means starting a sentence with "But". The next time you hear someone say that you can't start a sentence with "But", go ahead...correct them.
I'm Erin, and typos drive me crazy! I'm an MBA graduate with over 15 years of experience in HR, small business management, academia, and social media. I am a wife, mother, half marathon runner, and lover of the outdoors.