This has been bothering me since last night. It has bothered me so much, in fact, that I have decided to give it it's own post. SO here goes:
But first, a disclaimer: I know that when I write things on here I do not always follow the rules of grammar. In fact, sometimes, I break them on purpose. I like to add extra commas, use dashes when they aren't really necessary, and sometimes I just butcher the English language for the hell of it. But I'm aware of it. I'm also aware of the fact that this is not any sort of thing that is going to be published. It is not for a newspaper or magazine, or for any school-like project. It is for me, and I do what I want to with it.
So when teachers send home newsletters with horrible punctuation and use the wrong word in sentences, well, that drives me crazy. They are teachers, for god's sake. They are the ones who should know better! Call me crazy, but I expect them to understand the basic rules of grammar - and, um, use them.
(Like that dash I used up there? I'm totally breaking the rules. But I can because I'm not expected to follow the rules. Ha!)
And another thing that bothers me - when teachers mispronounce a word. Like, say for instance, and I'm just pulling this out of the blue, it wasn't what I heard my daughter's teacher say last night, not at all - like when someone says "inerested" instead of "interested" or "pacific" instead of "specific". All I can think is, how on earth did you make it out of college without ever learning how to pronounce the word?!?
I know that I am not perfect. I'm sure I mispronounce plenty of words. And I'm not saying I'm better than they are. I'm just saying that it is something that maybe, just maybe, they should work on.
Because, really, that whole "inerested" thing drives me crazy!