I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a bit of a grammar nerd. I also happen to be a tattoo enthusiast and, much to my mother's dismay, I don't plan on giving up my addiction to skin ink anytime soon. Which is why I'm all about combining two of my favorite passions with tattoos for grammar nerds.
As a Latin scholar (OK, I studied the dirty Latin poets in college) and an English professor who teaches a course called "Survival Grammar," I'm here to tell you that grammar saves lives. There is a whopping difference between the phrase: Let's eat grandma and the phrase: Let's eat, grandma. See what I mean?
You can just imagine the horror I suffer when I notice a tattoo with a grammatical error, misspelling, or unfortunately placed apostrophe. Totally cringeworthy. But luckily, some tattoo artists get a gold star for grammar, and may even teach you a thing or two not just about language, but the nerdy things that get wordsmiths all hot and bothered. Lettering is the foundation of tattooing, and every tattoo artist must be able to appreciate the form and function of letters before even attempting to put needle to skin. But letters are not the end-all of tattooing — just like words alone aren't the key to compelling rhetoric. There are all kinds of magical marks to appreciate, and here are a few to inspire your next piece of ink.