I would continually write thank-you notes to my grandmother for her homemade cooking, news stories about fictitious thugs vandalizing my neighborhood, and book reports for English class. My mother wasn’t surprised in the least when I turned my love of writing into a communications career.
When Beth Monaghan, one of the founders of InkHouse Media + Marketing, wrote about signs of working in public relations, I thought there must be some common threads for us word nerds—individuals who are extremely passionate about grammar and writing.
As InkHouse’s resident grammarian, I enjoy perfectly punctuated prose not only because my sixth-grade English teacher stopped awarding me extra-credit points after finding too many “edits for credit,” but also because written communication is the heart of PR.
Here’s my map of the DNA of a word nerd. If you answer yes to at least three of these characteristics, welcome to the Word Nerd Club.
1. You eat, breathe and sleep Associated Press style—and text and tweet it.