Taylor Swift Schools Princeton Review —on Grammar

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2015 1:04 PM CDT
Taylor Swift Schools Princeton Review —on Grammar
Taylor Swift performs onstage at the Brit Awards 2015 at the 02 Arena in London, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

In the world of standardized testing, it's probably safe to assume that Taylor Swift knows a little something about Taylor Swift. Apparently more than standardized testing knows about Taylor Swift: Vanity Fair spots a Tumblr exchange in which a Swift fan studying for the SATs stumbled across a grammar question having to do with a subject near to her heart. "Pop lyrics are a great source of bad grammar," the Princeton Review prep book intoned, prompting the student to spot the error in a series of pop lyrics, one of which was Swift's. Sort of: "Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe 'em."

Problem being, of course, the correct lyric (from "Fifteen") is: "Somebody tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them." Swift wasted little time in pointing out the discrepancy, intoning, "You had one job, test people. One job." She helpfully added this hashtag: "#ACCUSE ME OF ANYTHING BUT DO NOT ATTACK MY GRAMMAR." Or, as Richard Lawson puts it, "Boom. Ya burnt, Princeton Review test prep. Ya got burnt by Taylor Swift." (Swift has been having more than a little fun on social media of late.)

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