OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood: An English Nerd

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I would never call someone with a command of the English language a nerd. I'd call it refreshing. And apparently, Carrie Underwood agrees.

She told Elle Canada, for her cover story in the July issue, that when celebrities make mistakes with their English, it drives her insane. "I can't handle it when celebrities can't spell or don't know the most basic grammar," she says. "That might be because I'm an English nerd."

I know what she means. Some stars seem to have a grammar-rules-don't-apply-to-me attitude. (Yes, that's a hyphenated compound modifier.) Or maybe they're just too lazy to remember the rules that define the usage of its and it's. Same with to, too and two. And don't even get me started on the misuse of theirs, they're and there.

Anyway, you can trust that Elle has done a fine job with the copy on this story. And Underwood looks fabulous on the cover in a navy sequined skirt, a simple pink T-shirt and a pink and green bib necklace.

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