So this week I received the ultimate compliment: I got put on blast by some other blogger.
This could not have made me happier.
In addition to skyrocketing page views, I was also really flattered to have gotten this dude’s panties in such a bunch, he felt compelled to take time out of his busy schedule to write a post about it:
For it was that morning that I found the perfect grammar rant, and it was hard to keep quiet with the confounding mixture of disgust and glee it created within me.
Basically, he called me a hypocrite for ranting about grammatical errors in a post peppered with grammatical errors.
Of course, when I good-naturedly tried to defend myself, I was lambasted by his readers with a bunch of hipster douchebag “THOSE PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY THAT” and “ZOMG SO TYPICAL” types of responses. And he himself did not even deign to reply.
Being that I am so typical (and really didn’t have anything else to write about today anyway), I cannot be expected to take the high road here. (I was however, nice enough not to point out the errors I found in his post, although someone on Twitter did, and he quickly corrected them.)
This person, we’ll call him “Gabe Doyle” (since that is his name), apparently subscribes to the philosophy that prescriptivism (assigning rules to grammar, spelling, etc) IS THE DEVIL.
And he writes this whole big fancy blog on the topic.
Apparently what he does (while he’s not taking important graduate classes in computational psycholinguistics and other things that are probably too obscure for you to understand) is troll the internet for people who write grammar blogs and then clown on them.
I imagine it goes something like this:
Step 1: Troll the internet
Step 2: Write scathing blog post about scathing blog post, unironically. Bask in your superiority.
Step 3: Watch the comments roll in, BUT DON’T RESPOND TO ANY OF THEM.
(Step 4: Profit?)
Instead of making any effort to further defend myself from this person and his army of loyal anti-prescriptivists (which you don’t care about) or continue to mock him (which he doesn’t care about), I will just say thank you.
Gabe Doyle, I salute you. You all like, totally made my week.