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Exclusive: CM Punk Lays Down a Grammar Slam

Let it never be said that professional wrestlers aren’t smart, erudite, and great at oratory. WWE Superstar CM Punk is all of these things, and is also a huge grammar snob. In his delightful new Nerdist Channel series Grammar Slam, he teaches people the proper usage of some commonly misused words. Of course, he does so by ripping apart the grammar of the people who write nasty things to him. It’s really the best of both worlds.

On Grammar Slam, CM Punk gives you the dirt on some of today’s most persistent (and annoying) verbal and written errors. We’re talking about “literally” vs. “figuratively,” “threw” vs. “through,” “then” vs. “than” (which is one I personally can’t stand), and the big one, “their” vs. “there” vs. “they’re.” If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between any of these, then this show is right up your angry tattooed alley.

As someone who often corrects people’s punctuation and grammar in texts and tweets, it’s nice to know there’s someone else (a terrifying, intimidating someone else) who’s just as big a pedant as I am. We caught up with CM Punk to briefly discuss his grammar obsession.

Punk isn’t exactly sure when his obsession with grammar kicked in, but he definitely thinks it’s critical to understand how to communicate properly. “I don’t even really know,” he responded when we asked when it began. “I guess, to me, language and expressing yourself is important. Whatever vehicle you use to express yourself, if it’s not done correctly, then I think that’s way more than what you’re actually saying. I mean, if you don’t properly know how to address somebody, you kind of lose all credibility. It mostly stems from people trying to criticize anything, whether it be a person, a form of art, a government, anything, and they don’t know the difference between their, there and they’re. It kind of throws up alarms and you can’t take them seriously.”

As far as the inception of Grammar Slam, he demurs and says our own Chris Hardwick pushed him for the show,  “I think, originally, Chris Hardwick was kind of enamored that there was this pro wrestler that would get so wound up and scream and yell and block people on Twitter over something that a lot of people think is as minuscule as improper grammar. I think it just kind of snowballed from there. You know, maybe we can teach people grammar if we were smashing things over their heads when they got things wrong.”

Among his colleagues in the wrestling world, no one else can rival his love of good grammar. He says, “I don’t think anybody is as passionate about it as I am.” He also likes to reward those fans who get the grammar right, even if it’s someone taking a shot at him. “On Twitter, the way people hold in such high regard things like retweets, that’s the difference between a retweet and a block. I feel silly saying something like that, but I’ll retweet somebody criticizing me as long as all of the commas are there, all the punctuation’s correct, and the grammar is excellent.”

“I think grammar is super important. I think writing things down is super important,” he says as he begins to give his final reason for wanting to do the show. “You hear horror stories of schools no longer teaching cursive or writing, and it’s all computers and stuff like that. It kind of scares me in a way. You know, someday someone is going to be stranded on a desert island and they’re going to have to put a message in a bottle and throw it out to sea. They’re not going to have their MacBook to type it on.”

As we wrapped up our conversation, CM Punk made one thing very clear to us when we asked what happens if we had grammatical errors in this article: “You never get to interview me again.”

Watch and learn:

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  10. Megan Earley says:

    I hope we can see more of these!

  11. Michael says:

    Ha ha! Someone needs to get on the proverbial ball and correct atrocious grammar. Wait, maybe that ball should be figurative and not proverbial.

    Anyway, may we expect a lesson in why ‘lose’ is not the same as ‘loose’, and vice versa? May we expect that using plural personal pronouns such as ‘they’, ‘them’, ‘their’, and ‘they’re’ should NEVER be used to describe individual persons, especially when the individual’s sex is known? Those are two of my biggest grammar gripes.

  12. Kristina W. says:

    Tall, tattooed, AND a member of the grammar police? I’m in love. If only he would have done them without swearing, so I could show my students. Oh well, at least I can watch and enjoy!

  13. boB says:

    oops sorry, I meant They’re’s.

  14. boB says:

    Thank you CM Punk!!! Theirs nothing that pisses me off more then bad grammar. Your literally doing God’s work, threw and threw.

  15. Jeff says:

    My only issue is when he said “There’s no nothing” at the end of the first segment of your versus you’re when he was talking about the punctuation. He should have said “There’s no anything”.

  16. Terry Huddy says:

    Love this! Sadly, I’d like to use it in my MS class as well but the swear words won’t fly in my school. Still, it’s great fun and I’ll post on Facebook!

  17. Aimee Campbell says:

    I am so going to use this in my middle school English class! Love it!

  18. James says:

    If you’re handed a glass that’s empty after you tell people that you’re thirsty, they had better give you a full glass of water.

  19. Beaucifer says:

    Thank you CM Punk, Thank you. This all needed to be said. And sadly, will need to be said again.

  20. alanso says:

    lol u mad bro?

    But srsly, this is great. I love the fact he used troll tweets. This kind of thing could actually be very effective in schools.

    However, I hope this is purely an issue with grammar and won’t be an issue with txt/net spk. There’s nothing worse than language hipsters. Go speak Latin if you can’t handle language evolving.

  21. Robert says:

    Way to go. Bad grammar makes me [sic].

  22. Meaghan says:

    Where has this been all my life?! Finally someone who gets as angry about bad grammar as I do! Absolutely loved these!!!

    One note though (sorry), you kind of lost me in the literally/figuratively segment when CM used “good” instead of “well”. John Cena was doing “well”… unless he was fighting crime or doing charity work.. in that case he would have been doing “good”.

    The rest of it was perfect so I’m willing to overlook that one mistake :)

  23. Tom says:

    Dude. Thank you so much for this. I mean, really. That is the EXACT same voice in my head every time someone misuses one of these words. In fact, I will now start smashing people over the head with bottles every time they misuse these words (not literally). Holy (%@# I’m going to sleep so much better tonight for having watched these.

  24. Tina says:

    CM Punk,

    Your show is absolutely the best thing I have seen all day! It is good to know that someone else goes into bad grammar enduced Tourette’s. Please keep up the good work!

  25. Patty Marvel says:

    This fills my heart with glee! That’s much better for me than all of that cholesterol.

  26. neverAcquiesce says:

    “…he demurs and gives says our own Chris Hardwick pushed him for the show…”

    Oops.