I'm spending my morning proof-reading documents for Attorney 5. Because I'm considered to be the best proof-reader in the office, all of our proof-reading falls in my lap. I don't really have any problem with proof-reading, but it's somewhat ironic that they think I'm so good at it.*
The irony lies in the fact that, at best, I have the grammar skills of a tenth grader. At worst, I could be likened to a fifth grader who has been held back a couple of years.
Somehow, I must have missed that part of my education which was supposed to teach basic grammar. For instance, I can't diagram a sentence to save my life, I don't understand grammatical concepts like "passive voice," and I use semi-colons with reckless abandon; having no real knowledge of how they are to be correctly used.
Yeah, I can pick out misspelled words and basic inconsistencies, like referring to a client by three different names in a brief. However, if you want me to proof-read for anything more substantial, you're out of luck. Pretty much, if I can make sense of what I'm reading, I assume that it's right.
For better or worse, that's how I do grammar - and it has made me the best proof-reader my office has ever seen.
Low standards are my kind of standards.
*Also ironic, is that I'm finally being forced to learn grammar through my French class and a recently acquired interest in linguistics. I'm in my late 20's and I'm just now learning about "prepositions" and "subordinate clauses." How sad is that?