Q. WHO ARE YOU GUYS, REALLY?
We are us.
Q. where ARE YOU BASED?
We grew up in the Los Angeles area, and we still call it home.
Q. Are your POSTs AND TWEETs EVEN LEGIT?
We know it’s hard to take seriously an educational website that regularly features memes, rage comics, British icons Sherlock and the Doctor, characters from Adventure Time, Naruto, One-Punch Man, One Piece, Attack on Titan, and an unhealthy quantity of G-DRAGON and K-Pop GIFs, but that’s kind of the point: this isn’t your grandfather’s grammar site. Your mom probably won’t get it, either. For that matter, even your hippest teacher might look at it for five seconds and then dismiss it as being both ridiculous and trivial. 😒
That’s totally cool. What you learn from us will be our inside joke. The YUNiversity (in its myriad forms) exists so that you can actually enjoy learning about grammar and vocabulary while also laughing at charts, photos, comics, and other eye candy. After all, life isn’t only about academics, and learning doesn’t have to bore you to tears. And we love interacting with all the different fandoms that we come in touch with. We are fans too. 😍
As for the accuracy of our content, we can’t possibly fool all 400,000+ followers on Twitter and Tumblr, many of whom are teachers, professors, university administrators, and professional editors. It’s safe to say that we know our sh*t. We might not know precisely in what year in the Middle Ages a certain archaic word originated, but if you insist on that level of minutiae, you might want to look elsewhere.
Q. WHO RUNS THIS SITE?
The YUNiversity began in 2010 as a one-man operation run by Henry, an English major and alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley who has a strong background in a hodgepodge of fields, including editing, journalism, marketing, writing questions for standardized tests, international trade consulting, and teaching. To ease the burden of the massive volume of questions and requests that he receives daily, he has recruited his erudite wife and a trusted confidant to assist in managing The YUNiversity.
Q. WHY DON’T YOU USE YOUR REAL NAMES?
When our books come out, our real-life identities will be revealed. To be honest, we wish we could remain anonymous forever. In our minds, we are masked heroes of English. (But at least you know our real first names.)
Q. ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH ANY REAL UNIVERSITY?
Nope. But many wish we were. #TrueStory
Q. DO YOU HAVE A BOOK? (’COS I’D TOTALLY BUY ONE!)
Making a grammar guide was never an objective, but due to overwhelming demand (enough to get us off our indolent fundaments), two books are in the works. More details will follow, so save your ducats. We are also working on grammar zines, which we plan to give away for free (or as close to free as we can get). 💸
Q. DUDES, WHY DON’T YOU ANSWER MY QUESTION ABOUT (X)?
As of 6/1/16, we had more than 7,500 unanswered questions on Tumblr and ask.fm. (And that doesn’t even include the countless Twitter mentions that get lost among the deluge that we receive daily.) We honestly do our best to get to as many questions as we can, but like everyone else, we have only 24 hours in a day in which to work. We can’t promise that we’ll answer every question you submit, but we will do our best. We know it sounds weak-sauce, but a weak-sauce truth is better than a strong-sauce lie.
Q. SOME PEOPLE WHO ASK QUESTIONS ARE SO BUTT-LAZY. WHY DON’T THEY JUST USE GOOGLE INSTEAD OF WASTING YOUR PRECIOUS TIME?
We wondered the same thing back in the day, and several followers chimed in by saying that our answers were always more entertaining and easier to understand than what they could find on their own on Google. That’s the kind of affirmation and compliment that keeps us answering even the “easiest” questions. (Yeah, we’re easy to please.)
This applies to the previous question as well, but if you’re dying to get an answer to a pressing question, you’ll probably find it by using Google. The answer might not be as entertaining or simple as ours, but if you're desperate, you don’t have a choice. (If you're lucky, you might find the answer you need from one of our old tweets, posts, or articles. See the next question.)
Q. IS THERE AN EASIER WAY TO FIND ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS ON MY OWN, I.E., WITHOUT HAVING TO WAIT FOREVER?
Yes! Click here. 👈👀
Q. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF “GRAMMAR NAZIS”?
Oh, hell no. We respect people’s right to call themselves whatever they want, including the despicable epithet “Grammar Nazis,” but we wonder if they would also call themselves “Spelling Child Molesters,” “Vocabulary Serial Rapists,” or “Punctuation Psychopaths”—ironically or otherwise. We wouldn’t. If you fancy yourself a Grammar Nazi or know anyone who does, take a look at this article we wrote.
Q. DO YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE?
Nope. It’s hard enough Tumblring, Tweeting, Instagramming, answering questions on ask.fm, managing a kick-ass team of interns, and writing articles on Medium, not to mention trying to put two kick-ass books together. Everyone’s getting sick and tired of Facebook anyway, so what’s the point? (And have you seen the atrocious grammar there?) 🙈
Q. my mom says i’m good at grammar. can i join the team?
With all respect to your mom, the answer is a resounding no. 🙅 However, if you’re passionate about writing, drawing, or taking pictures, you can become an intern. More openings will become available soon. Check the updates page.
Q. WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE G-DRAGON AND K-POP REFERENCES?
We love G-DRAGON. He is our muse. Just read our terse Twitter bio.
We also love K-pop. We love the energy, colorful characters, loyal fandoms, and of course, the music. For instance, Henry’s brainwaves are at their peak while listening to “Tonight” (BIGBANG), “Spring Day" (BTS), "Playing with Fire" (Blackpink), and “Overdose” (EXO)—for whatever reason. If he really needs to get some writing done, he puts those three songs on repeat. (Peter and Nan prefer silence when they work.) You’ll notice a lot more K-pop references on our Twitter page, where you’re guaranteed to see at least one or two tweets every day that involve Korean idols.
Q. I’m a teacher. Can I use your articles and images in my classroom?
Yes! In the past, we’ve had middle school and high school teachers print our Tumblr posts and use them as posters. We also recently heard from a YUNicorn at the University of California, Riverside that her English professor used one of our tweets during a lecture. Feel free to use anything we produce. We are all about learning. (Just give us credit.) 👌
Q. WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE GIFS?
You do know that we got our start on Tumblr, right? (Much love and respect to The Frogman.)
Q. WHAT’S UP WITH PUTTING GLASSES ON EVERYTHING?
Q. YOU GUYS ARE FUNNY, AND everything you do IS FUN. (DID I NEED A COMMA THERE?)
Thanks, and yes. (But some people will say no. And that's also OK.) #BecauseEnglish