If there is one thing that really irks me, it’s bad grammar. Now I am not going to pretend I am Miss Perfect here, we all make mistakes and I’ve certainly had my slip-ups. But not every single time I write something.
At university, it is something that is drilled into you every day, spelling and grammar matters. However, it’s everyday actions that are concerning me.
Grammar and spelling is something that immediately tells the recipient of your email/text message/tweet/status/blog post the commitment you have to preserving our language.
And let’s be honest, if I see someone post ‘so exctd for tomoro! Its gona rock!’ (Yes, sadly that is a real world example), my opinion of them is immediately lowered. I’m sorry, that may seem judgmental, but that’s just how I feel. I value language, and I value the intelligence to use it correctly.
Common infractions we should have learnt in primary school include:
- Two, to and too. There is a difference.
- Its and it’s. Once again, a big difference.
- Their, there and they’re. What do you know, there’s a difference!
- Your and you’re. I think the title explains that one.
One of the reasons for this generation’s dismal language and grammar skills is the text message. Before we all had smart phones that had QWERTY keyboards, we had to press each number on the keypad 2-3 times to get one letter, let alone 5 times plus to get a word. We got lazy; we took shortcuts and text-speak exploded.
But times are different now. It is no longer easier to write ‘2’ than ‘to’. ‘C’ is not a word; neither is ‘2moz’ (even spell check agrees with me on that one). There is no excuse.
So please guys, let’s step up our game. Take that extra second to proof read that text to make sure auto-correct hasn’t made any embarrassing changes. Re-read that post and ask yourself, do you really want to come across that way? We owe it to the written word we all claim to love so much.