And now for something completely different. Here are the so-called grammar rules I personally encourage everyone, everywhere to ignore and break. Do it today. I said do it!
(1) Use the singular they. Shakespeare did. It is far superior to the alternatives. Why should every unknown person be a he or a him?
“If a person wants to use the singular they, they should.”
(2) Split infinitives with singe words. This is an idiotic, idiotic rule created by idiots because they are too idiotic to know better. Idiots. Avoid the temptation to perhaps understandably, perhaps even defensibly and rationally, but still annoyingly, go crazy.
“Sentence diagrams are hard to easily do when you split your infinitives!”
(3) End your clauses with prepositions whenever you feel like it. See the previous comment. Note that the “prohibition” against this has never existed, except in the small, closed minds of amateur prescriptivism. Professional prescriptivisits know this. “P-stranding?” Having a fancy name for it doesn’t make it right.
“That’s where it’s at!”
(4) Coordinating conjunctions can join anything to anything. Syntactic importance be damned!
“I was going to have an example, and that’s when I thought, damn, I need an example. And so I wrote this. And here it is. Now what?”
(5) Dangle hopefully. We all know what you mean.
“Hopefully no grammarian’s head will explode when they read this.”
(6) Make up your own words. “Graphic” isn’t graphic enough for you? Try graphical! It’s twice the adjective!
“I admire the realisticism of your new poster. It’s like I’m literally there!”
Some things actually do bother me, but they tend to be in the “poor communication” category. That is, if you write something and folks cannot tell what you mean, you need help.
Don’t get me wrong. It is important to know the rules. Then you can know when you are breaking them, decide which ones to break, and still get your point across. Even with fragments.