July 4, 2014
Kelsey Grammer Takes On Grammar Via Twitter
Actor Kelsey Grammer spent much of his career playing the somewhat snobbish Frasier Crane — first on Cheers and later on Frasier. While he’s ventured into much more serious roles, notably on the Starz original series Boss, where he played a fictional yet almost all too real mayor of Chicago, he recently showed that he still has a knack for humor.
“It has come to my attention that the fine people of @Twitter have an egregious grammar problem. I’m here to help. #KelseyGrammerGrammar.”
While numerous fans and even celebrities weighed in to encourage Grammer on grammar, some poked fun at it.
William Shatner responded: “Uh oh! Dad showed up. No more fun anymore. 😉 @KelseyGrammer @twitter.”
According to the British Daily Mirror newspaper, 10,000 people are already following “the star’s pedantic quips (aka cheeky comments.”
What is the background for Mr. Grammer to take on the role a “GrammarNazi?” Mr. Grammer did attend prep school and spent two years at the Juilliard School in New York City. He also played Frasier Crane, a man who certainly would know his way around grammar.
He may have his work cut out for him.
Texting and tweeting make it all too easy to slip on grammar, as Grammer noted, but at the same time the web has made it all the easier to find out what is the correct use of words.
Ms. Fogarty has a B.A. in English and an M.S. in biology and was a professional science writer before launching her Grammar Girl podcast in 2006. She’s appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a grammar expert and then went on to release several grammar-related books. To suggest that she is a true authority on grammar would be an understatement. However, she is also not alone in offering grammar tips.
Ignite.com offered “13 Style and Grammar Tips for Twitter Success” last year, offering notable advice including to avoid “shorthand.”
Tim Chilcote, writing for Ignite, offered this advice on avoiding shorthand, “That means no LOL, RU, BRB, NP, etc. Shorthand or insider slang is acceptable in a one-on-one online conversation with a friend. But in a public forum, it can be off-putting.”
Twitter also has its own grammar watchdogs — or at least “Grammar Monkeys,” which offer “A guide to the slippery parts of language.” While the Grammar Monkeys don’t actually correct individual tweets on the micro-blog it does call out grammar errors in the news media.
Then there is the Cnet story that the official Twitter handle for the United States Nazi Party has become akin to a Grammar-Nazi party as well. “It really isn’t that difficult to use correct spelling and grammar. Be professional and disciplined in everything that you do for the cause,” the group reportedly tweeted in June.
Finally, there is also the Twitter feed for London Grammar, but they’re unlikely to provide any details on actual “grammar” as they’re really a British trip-hop trio and use the social media service as a way to connect with fans. Let’s hope that they make sure they earn the wrath of an actual Grammar Nazi or a Kelsey Grammer.
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