Most people don’t wake up in the morning with a desire to watch a funny video about grammar. Luckily, for those of us who can get on board with such an activity, there’s actually a YouTube channel that does such things. Called Mental Floss, the channel offers thought-provoking lists on a wide range of hyper-nerdy topics including acronymns, science/ math jokes and US Presidents. This week’s offering covers, you guessed it, common grammar mistakes, and a lot of the information is actually extremely helpful.
From the difference between who and whom, the different between good and well and a whole lot of work on homophones, the video traipses through a whole lot of different subjects in a very small amount of time. No doubt most well-educated people already know a high percentage of these rules, but the good thing about covering so much ground is that it allows viewers to spend more time looking into the rules they’re still unclear on after the footage has finished running through. If everything was explained in gory detail, it would be a hell of a lot longer than 10 minutes or so and probably lose some of its snark.
Easily my favorite thing about Mental Floss’ videos is all of the nerdy/ awesome conversations that break out in the comment section underneath. Other YouTube videos get obnoxious 9/11 debates, Tupac shoutouts and links about pyramid schemes. This one gets well-punctuated rants about the English language’s lack of a non-gender specific third person singular pronoun.