I got an email yesterday from the girl who runs my school’s grad council. We’ll call her Dotty. Dotty regularly sends mass emails to all the university’s grad students letting us know about speakers, socials, and other such things that 95% of us have no interest in attending.
The title for this particular email read: “Graduate Student Invitation to Conversate w/ Michelle Singletary.”
This use of a non-whimsical imaginary word was disturbing, but it was more disturbing that one Beverly Davis felt the need to hit “reply all” before sending a correction complete with indignant exclamation points–which, I assure you, is the grammar snob’s way of saying “Dottie, you are an illiterate slut.”
It just makes people who care about the English language look like douchebags. Hurting the cause, Bev. Hurting the cause.