But there are times when I think I've learned too much, like when typos and grammar gaffes interfere with my enjoyment of a novel. I'll be happily reading a story with good plot and characterization but then halt, wide-eyed, with horror.
Blond is an adjective, BLONDE is a female noun!
A comma doesn't belong there, people!
It's effect, not affect, when describing a noun.
Editing know-how also drives me up a tree when friends make an error in language. I mean, really--who cares? I'm nowhere near perfect at the spoken or written word. Yet when a colleague says something like "It's the same for her and I", I want to shout "Her and ME! It's ME, not I!"
Today my psychotherapy client told me she "could care less" about something.
I had to restrain myself from correcting her with a maniacal "It's COULDN'T care less!!!"
I need help.
And I need validation. Has this happened to you? How has editing made YOU crazy?