July 16, 2014
Word Crimes: “Weird Al” Yankovic is tired of your bad grammar
by Julia Fleischaker
Musical genius and national treasure “Weird Al” Yankovic just released an album, and like Beyonce before him, he’s releasing a trove of videos all at once. (Or close to it; he’s actually releasing 8 videos in 8 days.)
And on the second day, “Weird Al” delighted grammar nerds everywhere. Don’t know the difference between less and fewer? Literally clueless about when to use literally? Are you a commenter on You Tube? Whether you’re guilty of dangling participles or errant apostrophes, “Weird Al” has had enough of your #wordcrimes.
Julia Fleischaker is a former director of marketing and publicity at Melville House.