So I was reading an article on CNN and got to the bottom of the page where they list reader’s comments. Usually I do not let myself read other people’s comments because they are ordinarily devoid of substance, but this time I was weak. I soon spotted a comment in which someone included the phrase, “get down to bracks tax,” in their rant of whatever-the-hell it was.
I never really thought of it as such before, but clearly this variety of ignorance is one of my pet peeves. I was incredibly annoyed. I don’t claim to be a grammatical superpower (’cause Lord know my comma usage alone would make any English teacher cry) but I would love to sit this reader down and say, “Please, do tell me what a ‘bracks tax’ is.”[And, to spare anyone awkward questions, the correct usage of the phrase is, “get down to brass tacks.”]