So we’ve talked in class about grammar rants, which most often (today, at least) appear online in blogs or discussion boards or comment streams after articles with errors. Here’s a rant that takes on a different form, but focuses still on some of the same pet peeves that many ranters do. After watching it a couple of times, I’m curious whether it conveys still some of the (often smoldering) anger that underlies many of these rants. It certainly reflects the prescriptivist attitude that dominates these texts. Give it a watch and see what you think.
Update (7/26/14): I came across this response to the Weird Al video and its content and tone. It describes nicely some of the attitudes that we discuss in class relative to these rants and to the application of grammar/usage in writing. It’s worth a read.