All day meetings bring out the best and the worst of people. Yesterday at a foreign language department meeting – after a heated discussion about grammar – we came to the agreement that even if we don’t like it (and the kids will most likely hate it) grammar is important. Being hours into the meeting some people were more blunt than usual, so the following comment was made:
Grammar is the colonoscopy of language learning / acquisition.
~ G. Knowles.
The image accurately reflects the anguish that grammar can cause. The image is perfect for another reason: it was a promotional item given to doctors offices by a company that produces pre-colonoscopy cleaning medicine.