Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
Hey, y’all. Remember that post I wrote about open quotation marks vs. apostrophes? Yes, it’s a very miniscule, picky thing. And, since this is my blog, I get to write about whatever miniscule picky subjects I want. Blogging is awesome like that.
Anyway, it’s time for yet another tiny little thing. But, if you take this one to heart and apply it this holiday season, you’ll be the smartest and most impressive guest at all your holiday parties. I promise.*
Imagine a lovely December evening. Yours truly is in New York, seated and waiting for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to begin. The announcer exclaims, “I’d like to introduce you to the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.” The rest of the crowd applauds; I grimace.
I am certain the announcer isn’t going to come out into the audience, take me by the hand, drag me onstage, and introduce ME TO the Rockettes. I am certain he meant (and should have said) that he wanted to introduce the Rockettes TO ME (and the other folks out there). Yes, it’s picky. Yes, it’s important to me.
Now, if you want to have impeccable manners at your parties (on top of being precise), please remember to introduce younger/less important people to older/more important people. Introduce your friend to your grandmother. Introduce your spouse to your boss. You get it, right? I always remember which direction I’m going by saying the older person’s name first. “Mr. Claus, I’d like to introduce my daughters TO YOU.” (That’s after I grabbed my girls and said, “Come on! I need to introduce YOU TO Santa Claus.”)
Now the secret’s out: I’m a really picky b****. I prefer to think of myself as someone with a head full of trivial language facts. Whatever you call me, just don’t call me late for supper, as my mama used to say.
*I know I have a few lawyers out there who read my blog. I’m guessing I can’t promise such things. Sorry, y’all.