I was cringing to myself just now as I wrote the title to this blog post. I have been a writer since I was six years old and I admit openly that my grammar is atrocious.  I am a 35 year old graduate of New York University. I have completed half of my masters degree in counseling and I still do not know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”

Some of this can be easily blamed on the New York City public school system circa 1987. I can remember having a handful of spelling tests, but grammar? What’s that? In junior high school I remember learning about declarative and interrogative sentences. Other than that, I never learned how to use a comma correctly.

I was 25 years old when I was properly introduced to the semicolon. I still have problems with it. We don’t get along that well and I pretend I know what I’m doing when I stick it in a sentence, but really I have no fucking idea.

I’m hoping, now that my son is in the NYC public school system, that things have changed for the better with regard to grammar instruction. I would like for him to be able to tell me how to use affect and effect properly. I still have to google that shit.