Editing, Writing

9 Signs You Might Be A Word Nerd


signs you might be a word nerdIt may come as no surprise to you that I am a word nerd. I wouldn’t have chosen the career path of writer/editor if I wasn’t. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that almost all writers and/or editors are word nerds. But even some people who aren’t writers or editors might be word nerds.

According to former American Idol winner David Cook, you’re a word nerd if you like doing crossword puzzles. This point, I think, is debatable. I’m not a big crossword fan myself. I much prefer word searches. Still, to each his own…

Here’s a short list of some other signs you might be a word nerd.

  • You get more excited about spending time on wordhippo.com than you do about visiting real hippos at the zoo.
  • People avoid conversations with you because they’re afraid you’re going to correct their grammar, word usage, and/or you’re going to use words they don’t understand.
  • Sometimes you look a word up in the dictionary just to see what its etymology is.
  • You cringe when you read “could of” instead of “could have” in a book or other text, especially when you’re reasonably sure that text has been edited by someone who should have known better.
  • You know the difference between “lay” and “lie,” and “sit” and “set,” and it’s difficult for you to understand why people mix these up so frequently.
  • You text in full sentences because, well, you’re writing words, not abbreviations, and you’re a firm believer in using words correctly (see above).
  • You have a very definite opinion about the Oxford comma (I totally think it’s necessary for the sake of clarity – can’t live without it!).
  • You don’t understand people who think libraries are boring – or who just spend the whole time they’re there on the computer. What about all. the. books?? 
  • You know what happens in the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” (Season 1, Episode 8) by heart, and just the thought of it physically pains you and/or makes you want to cry.

burgess meredith the twilight zone

So, what do you think? Do you see yourself in any and/or all of these? Are there any word nerd signs I missed? Let me know in the comments.

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