Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Mar 14, 2008 at 9:38 am
It would be nice if grammar were taught better in school and good grammar were promoted more for the sake of clear communication. That desire though needs to be tempered by the realization that language changes. My linguistics study in college biased me towards this realization. English especially is hard to codify due to all the variations and dialects. Most English grammar taught in school isn't even the same as how people speak and write anymore. For example, schools teach that adverbs come after the verbs (at least when I was in school). I hardly know anyone who speaks that way (I know hardly!?). Gina, you broke this rule yourself when you wrote, "I obviously missed National Grammar Day".
BTW, comma overuse to me is a punctuation issue and not a grammar problem.