I belong to many writing groups and I get insulted by the folks who constantly rant about grammar. You see, it is a commonly held belief that those who wish to be writers should study grammar and know the rules (different depending on the school you follow) before you even dream of being a writer.
I have studied the rules of grammar and they don’t stick in my head.
I could blame a sister who dropped me on my head when I was a baby or the fact that I nearly drowned as a toddler, but I think the answer is that my natural language is science and math (you know, the things where the rules don’t change according to the book your reading).
And I’m perfectly happy with how my brain works. It’s gotten me a job I like (most of the time) and allows me to see patterns that help me create stories.
So as I’m going through dozens of emails being lectured to, I read the common cliche about how if I was a reader than I would naturally absorb the grammar rules by osmosis.
Ha! I have a BS in Biology and I know osmosis
These twiddlebaums are lecturing me about learning this way. Well, let me explain osmosis. Osmosis is the movement of solvents (some) across a membrane from a low concentration to a high concentration.
Water being the most common solvent in the body will flow from say your blood stream into your cells which is a fancy way of saying what is in the cells will be diluted. So maybe I do learn by osmosis in that every time I read up on the subject I seem to understand grammar less. So falling asleep with a book as a pillow may actually make you dumber not smarter.
That may explain a lot about those kids that slept in class.
Of course, it is possible that for small molecules to do the same. But strictly speaking then you’d have to know a lot about something for you to learn anything else. Very counter-intuitive. And if we go back to our water solvent (which is mainly what osmosis is about), then flooding your smarty pants heads with all that extraneous grammar stuff will cause your head to explode.
Either way, the metaphor doesn’t work and maybe the grammar police should have paid better attention during biology class.
Now I feel better.