With the upcoming release of his new album, Weird Al Yankovic parodies have gone viral all over the internet. It brought back memories of some of my favorite grammar videos online. In honor of grammar appreciation and the current trend of these viral videos, I though I would take a little time to share a few of my favorites.
Vlog Brothers: Stop Embarrassing Yourself
There are so many words in the English language that are cause confusion to those who are not as savvy with grammar and writing. In this video, the Vlog Brothers take a few minutes to explain some of these words in a way that is both entertaining and enlightening.
The Lonely Island: Semicolon
So few people truly understand the fine art of using a semicolon. For those who have the basic idea of when a colon or semicolon should be used, they often confuse the appropriate uses with each other. This music video takes the two punctuation marks and brings humor to them.
Weird Al Yankovic: Word Crimes
As an English major focusing on creative and professional writing, it’s hard for me to read some of the atrociously written Facebook statuses, Tweets, and blog posts. Weird Al has proven to me, and the rest of the world, that I am not alone. The Word Crimes of which he speaks are very near and dear to my heart, and stated in a blunt and pointed way which only Weird Al could get away with.
Stephen Fry: Language
Stephen Fry is one of my favorite British comedians. When I was introduced to this particular video about language I was quite tickled with every aspect of it. There is a certain sentiment in his words that resounds as true. While there is am appropriate time and place to be, what many jokingly refer to as, Word Nazi’s, there are also appropriate times to allow exact use of grammar to slip. Stephen Fry punctuates the in’s and out’s of this issue beautifully.
Mental Floss: 38 Common Spelling and Grammar Errors
John Green, the host of Mental Floss, takes the time to break down a vast number of very common spelling and grammar errors in ways that are simple for anyone to understand. As an editor and writing tutor, I saw almost all of these errors, often most of them within one document.