*Connip: Verb. Back-formed from the noun conniption, meaning a fit of excitement or anger. Derived from conniption fit.
I’ve been thinking about using writing prompts I see on Pinterest as examples (bad examples, I should say) in my “grammar rants” posts. The run-on sentences (which often don’t even have commas), the weird random capitalization, the quotation marks where they don’t belong but not where they do belong…
Here’s the sort of thing I mean:
Seriously, what the hell is going on with the punctuation there?
This next one annoys me as much (if not more) because of the sentiment expressed as because of the missing punctuation. I long to live in a world where people don’t insist that anyone good with words must be inept with numbers… (I also long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motivations questioned, which actually seems more likely. *sigh*) It’s a false dichotomy.
The bad grammar (“I don’t need no”) doesn’t bother me, believe it or not; it’s obviously done for humor. I use deliberately bad grammar for humor sometimes. On the other hand, where the hell are the commas, English major? That’s a compound sentence, after all. Try it with me: I am a strong, independent English major, and I don’t need no math.