Grammar is important

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Most of us have our pet peeves, don’t we?

In an annoying society there are tons of irritating habits which make your skin crawl and your patience evaporate. It just depends upon your tolerance level.

But there is something recently that grinds me more than all the body noises.

Bad Grammar.

Perhaps it’s because I am a writer/proofreader/editor it disturbs me a bit more than you. But I can not help but wonder what ever happened to teaching correct grammar — spelling and talking.

With auto-correct and word anticipation on every computer on Earth, you would think the correct words would only appear. But even auto-correct can’t help with the wrong option of words.Auto-correct can’t help those who guess at the wrong term or the wrong version of a word.

Grammar is not rocket science. It is common sense. Something that a lot of people lack.

In my hurry to get something written, at work and at home, I’ve chosen the wrong form/spelling/tense. Almost always I catch my errors in proofreading. However, I’ve come across some people — professional people — that always misspell, misrepresent, and really mangle the English language. And often these are higher-ups — educated people with degrees — that should know better.

I know I sound like an old woman, but at least I’m a grammatically correct old lady. They are not teaching cursive in schools nowadays, but talking and writing well is as important as it’s ever been.I hear a lot of lazy English nowadays — hip language, slurred consonants, half-words. In some circles that may mean cash — a recording career, stand up comedy. But out of that rarefied air it will not get you far. You need to learn how to spell. You will need to learn your syntax.

I know English is one of the most confusing languages around. I mean, how many ways can you spell Where? Wear? Ware? But in the modern world that is not an excuse. When I see a professional letter begin “Goof Morning,” I have issues. It is one thing to text “you are my breast friend” instead of “you’re my best friend,” but not in an interoffice memo.

Not everyone is a writing scholar. I know I’m not. However, I’ve practiced. I’ve learned. Don’t rely on spell check to catch your mistakes. As soon as you learn your weaknesses, create an avid effort NOT TO DO IT AGAIN. Don’t let idle English get in the way of your moving ahead in your life.

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