California may have the Governator, but here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, evidently we have the Grammarianator:
During a recent online chat, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick responded to one critic, who seemed suspicious of the high quality of the grammar, spelling, and punctuation of the chat questions. Patrick seems to have misunderstood the question and responded as though it were a critique of the high quality of his own grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Regardless of this apparent misunderstanding, MRP can’t help but appreciate how quick the governor was to champion proper writing. According to an article:
“These questions seem so canned,” a chatter calling himself “Sam” complained to the governor at the end of the chat. “…. everything is spelt perfectly and he is always address correctly….this is not how bloggers ask questions…. we don’t conform to punctuation or grammer…”
“Sam, I don’t blog a lot,” the governor wrote. “But I was an English major, so I can’t help but try to get the punctuation and grammar right. Deal with it.”
You hear that? Deal with it.
Update 3/21: Commenter Natalia observes, “It’s sad that using proper grammar and punctuation comes off as canned.” What do others think?