The English Major Secret Handshake

I was in the McDonald’s drive-thru on my lunch break when the young guy working the window handed me my drink and asked, “How are you today?” I replied that I was well.

His face brightened as he leaned out and said, “You know you’re the first person all day to use correct grammar?”

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5 thoughts on “The English Major Secret Handshake

  1. I work at a bookstore and I always pay attention to who says “good” and who says “well.” Never really realized it until I read this post!

  2. Really, I think most people have one litmus test or another when it comes to spoken grammar. A buddy of mine, for example, is especially sensitive to “reiterate vs. iterate” while my girlfriend is a sentinel of “lay vs. lie.” It’s hard to shake.

    Here’s one I use for writers: Does he/she use the word “myriad” correctly? That’ll show you who’s a black belt.

  3. People (Wikipedia) will try to sell you on the concept that both “myriad ideas” and “a myriad of ideas” are correct examples of usage. But I and others of my dojo say No! The noun form–myriad without “of/and”–is both the reigning standard and aesthetic superior, and shall be upheld. When we walk the streets and see members of the opposing dojo, we fight them.

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