I'm a Writer.
Well, let's back that up a bit. I write things for the Internet sometimes. It's a nice part time gig and one that I absolutely love.
I'm also an Educator. I used to be a Teacher and now I work as part of the leadership team in an elementary charter school.
That being said, I'm a stickler for grammar and punctuation. Proper grammar and proper punctuation. Ask Aiden and ask anyone of my former students. That's just how I am and I don't think it's asking for too much.
That being said, I just can't bring myself to date someone who makes basic grammatical errors. I've been talking to this guy -- let's just call him BGG (Bad Grammar Guy) -- and, about a week ago, I told him this: I'm not interested in dating you.
When he responded by saying, "I'm wondering what's missing n you eyes," I wanted to reply, "IT'S YOUR GRAMMAR!"
But I didn't.
Of course, it's not only his grammar. It's his spelling and punctuation too. (Just kidding. Sorta. He's really a nice guy and all, but I'm just not feeling him in that way.)
If you were to go back and read my previous posts/Facebook status updates/Tweets, I'm sure you'll find a grammatical error here and there. But I won't date someone who constantly makes grammatical errors as though he didn't finish third grade, especially since English is his first language.
I cringe whenever I read a text from him that says, "Ok kewl just sayin hi."
Newsflash: A 30-year-old man should know where a period goes. Period. And he should not say "kewl" when the word is "cool."
That's not cool. At all.
Bad grammar is a definite deal-breaker for this delicious single gal.
But, here's the thing: Am I being too weird/shallow/stuck up about this? What's a definite deal-breaker for you?
Editor's Note: This post, which was entitled Bad Grammar Guy, was originally published on August 1, 2012. Now there's a potential new guy (more on that in a later post... stay tuned), but the same issue -- bad grammar. (Is this some kind of trend that I missed the memo for?!) He thinks it shouldn't be that big of a deal since it's just texting. What are your thoughts? Am I being too picky?