The Grammar Belle

Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time

If the shoe fits . . .

Hey, y’all! If you’re reading this blog post, it’s likely because:

1.    You’re related to me
2.    You work with me and want to see if I’m making subtle references to you and/or any of our coworkers (Hi, GSO!)
3.    You share my sick and demented obsession with all things linguistic

If you’re in category No. 3, we’re probably also alike in another way.

As a child, I made an art form of being a teacher’s pet. My 5th-grade teacher told my mama that he loved having me in his class, but he was going to nail my feet to the floor because I was wearing out a path between my desk and his. I liked to chat with him; I finished my work quickly and wanted to catch up, ask about his wife and daughters, and the like.

Now let’s be clear: I wasn’t a weirdo who got stuffed in lockers and shunned. I had lots of friends, and I was a cheerleader and a drill team officer. But I was also the girl whom teachers asked to quit raising her hand to give other folks a chance. And some things never change.

"Put my hand down? But I know the answer. Pleeeeease, Mr. Rahn."

“Put my hand down? But I know the answer. Pleeeeease, Mr. Rahn.”

At a recent chorus rehearsal, a certain term came up and our director asked if it’s hyphenated or not. Of the 100 or so folks in the room, I am the person she asked. I’d like to think it’s because I have a reputation for good spelling and punctuation. I AM The Grammar Belle, after all. But it could also have something (a lot) to do with the fact that I am a bit (a lot) of what she was referring to. The term? Brownnoser.

So, once and for all, I’m here to clear it up. No hyphen. One word.

Noun: Brownnoser
Verb: To brownnose

The best kind of brown nose. (Image courtesy of

The best kind of brown nose. (Image courtesy of

What makes me tend toward sucking up? Perhaps it’s because I’m the only child of a very attentive mother. Or is it just the way the good Lord made me? There’s really no way to tell. I simply am who I am and that’s all that I am.

Glad y’all like me anyway.


16 comments on “If the shoe fits . . .

  1. julie@sowsewso
    November 21, 2013

    Love the brown doggie photo! So cute. And it’s an excellent post on the correct spelling of brownnose.

  2. Sara M
    November 21, 2013

    Love it! Teacher’s pets are awesome. I would know. I won the Good Citizenship Award, aka Biggest Brownnoser, in 2nd grade. And, I’m such a brownnoser, I’m still proud of an award from 2nd grade. You’re in good company!

  3. Benjamin Edwards
    November 21, 2013

    Yours is the only blog I read in which I love every darn post. Every one is awesome!

  4. Gwen
    November 21, 2013

    I too am a card carrying brownnoser/teachers pet! I agree that is just the way we are wired!

  5. Vanessa Cole
    November 21, 2013

    Proof you are one: Dale asked you how to spell it.

    • The Grammar Belle
      November 21, 2013

      You know it, Vanessa. I’d love to see you pop by a rehearsal soon!

  6. outlawmama
    November 21, 2013

    I knew we were kindred spirits. Brownnosing is the way to go.

  7. sagewhisk
    November 21, 2013

    Reading your blog for reason #3, and you guessed it–certified teacher’s pet right here! As the oldest of three girls, I paved a cushie path for my siblings!

  8. The Grammar Belle
    November 21, 2013

    I knew we had more than just blogging and Sunny in common! 😉

  9. RageMichelle
    December 2, 2013

    I think it’s great that you accept yourself as is…we should all strive for that.

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