Gimme Grammar

It's hard to learn that Rio de Janeiro has set up a grammar hotline to help people who have difficulties using Portuguese while we are surrounded by people who think any word ending in 's' requires an apostrophe.

The Portuguese experts will help with spelling, syntax, and the use of accent marks. The Brazilians are said to be sensitive about making grammatical errors, which are often associated with a lack of education.

Imagine that! Here people who care about language are considered hopelessly out of date, not to mention out of sync with a Twittering world.

Apparently one of the areas of concern in Brazil is verb and noun agreement. If I had a buck for every time I correct this as part of my editorial duties, I'd have enough money for a trip to Rio.

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