I'm pretty fortunate: I
"do" grammar for fun, but it's also a large part of the way I make my
living as a freelance copyeditor. Checking and correcting others' grammatical
errors is one of the small ways I make the world a better place to live in. Yes ... it's okay to end a sentence with a preposition!
I've written about it before, but I'll say it again. As I've grown older and wiser, I've converted from being a prescriptivist to now practicing descriptivism. It's exhilarating to let go of some of those stuffy conventions and to accept that language evolves and changes. It's liberating to know and understand the "rules," but also to know that some of the rules undergo revision, and some just aren't necessary anymore.
Prescriptivist = Rigid
Descriptivist = Not so rigid
Check out this little gem of a video from the smart guys over at Ragan.com and let me know:
Do you suffer from Grammar Obsessive Disorder?