Marital disappointment

by Katie on January 25, 2012

We’ve been over a time or two (maybe 20?) how Brandon’s use of the English language has been on the decline the past couple years.

Until this point, however, it was mostly confined to speech. When it came to the written word, he still managed to use proper sentence structure, grammar, good spelling, and the like.

Then we experienced yesterday.

I had sent an email to a friend concerning some weekend plans, and copied Brandon on said email because he and I had discussed the plans and I wanted him to see the message I was relaying. I did not know that by copying him on the email, it would entice him to send a subsequent message to the friend with the sole purpose of poking fun at me. The whole time I was watching him type with a mischievous grin on his face, I knew exactly what was going on, and awaited the embarrassment to pop into my own inbox.

Eventually, after much anticipation, it did. And I was taken aback.

Not by his attempt to embarrass me, mind you. By the inclusion of the following word in the first sentence of his message:  “get’s.”

After a shrieking gasp, I exclaimed, “Brandon! You didn’t! How could you?!”

“Seriously? It’s not that ba–” he started…

But I interrupted:  “You put an apostrophe on ‘gets‘…as in, ‘get is‘…”

“This may be the most disappointed I’ve ever been in our marriage!”

Which may have been an exaggeration. Slightly. But I was horrified. That my well-educated, typically well-written husband had fallen so low on the ladder of proper English usage.

But, I have to say, if my biggest disappointment related to my husband in the past three-and-a-half years has come in the form of a grammatical error, I have it pretty good. And hopefully, one of these days, we’ll redeem his former well-spoken self.


*Disclaimer:  With all this talk about proper grammar, spelling and such, you may have the impression we strive for that here. We do not. Most everything here is published in “first draft” format. The only time anything receives any proofing is when it is a hunting story, which require Brandon’s approval prior to publishing, or when he is reading something at the end of the day and lets me know about a typo. 


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