Another Reason to Know Your Grammar

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Only a week ago, we blogged about the fluidity of the English language. However, for those of you currently seeking a job, take note: grammar is important.

While some of you may scoff or shrug your shoulders, Kyle Wiens, writing for Harvard Business Review, is not messing around:

If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building.

We feel like David McCleary “Mac Lethal” Sheldon would be proud.


Rebecca Rubenstein is the interviews editor for The Rumpus and a contributing editor for STET, a writers' journal on culture and technology. When not reading books made of paper, she can be found thinking aloud on Twitter. She resides in San Francisco. More from this author →