Taylor Swift's Feud With Those SAT Prep Book People Is Officially Over
Grammar nerds who are also Swifties -- take note. You could score the chance to hit up a Taylor Swift show in the near future simply by doing what you do best: being sticklers to the extreme about words.
That's right, The Princeton Review is offering two grammatically stellar fans Swift seats -- all as part of an apology to the "Blank Space" singer.
For those not in the know, the dust was kicked up this week when a Taylor Swift fan noticed that The Princeton Review had used one of the singer's lyrics in an SAT prep book as an example of poor grammar.
Sure, that was insulting enough to the Swiftie, but what's worse is that the lyric -- from the song "Fifteen" -- was incorrect. Taylor even entered the fray, posting, “You had one job, test people. One job" to Tumblr, along with the offending image of the test book.
The "Test People," for their part, were appropriately cowed.
"I want to make sure that folks know that we're big Taylor Swift fans and that we apologize for the misrepresentation in the lyric," The Princeton Review's SVP-publisher Rob Franek told MTV News on Tuesday (March 24), noting that the Review reached out to Swift on Twitter and asked her to pick two fans to score tickets to her next show.
Still, Franek wasn't entirely apologetic about using the lyric in the first place as a lesson in poor grammar. "I appreciate her response, but the question on the grammar still holds true," he said.
"If we look at the whole sentence, it starts off with 'somebody,' and 'somebody,' as you know, is a singular pronoun and if it's singular, the rest of the sentence has to be singular," he added.
So, in order to fix the Tay's grammar, you'd have to take, "Somebody tells you they love you, you're gonna believe them" and change it to either:
"Somebody tells you he/she loves you, you're gonna believe him/her."
Or: "Some people tell you they love you, you're gonna believe them."
I think we all learned a valuable lesson today. Now, Taylor, about those tickets...