Grammar is your friend

English, English Language, Language

We all have our pet peeves, do not we?

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

But there’s something lately that grinds me more than all those body noises.

Bad Grammar.

Perhaps it’s because I’m 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 the planet, you’d think the correct words would only appear. But even auto-correct can’t help with the incorrect option of words.Auto-correct can’t help those who guess at the wrong term or the wrong version of a word.

Grammar isn’t rocket science. It is common sense. Something that many people lack.

It’s one thing if you type the wrong word. In my hurry to get something written, at work and at home, I have picked the wrong form/spelling/tense. Almost always I catch my mistakes in proofreading. However, I’ve come across some people — professional people — that consistently misspell, misrepresent, and actually mangle the English language. And often these are higher-ups — educated people with degrees — who 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 is ever been.I hear a good deal of lazy English these days — hip language, slurred consonants, Orlando FL Raccoon Removal, 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 will need to know how to spell. You will need to learn your syntax.

I mean, how many ways can you describe Where? Wear? Ware? But in today’s world that’s not an excuse. When I see a professional letter begin “Goof Morning,” I have problems. It’s one thing to text “you are my breast friend” rather than “you are my best friend,” but not in an interoffice memo.

Not everybody is a writing scholar. I know I’m not. However, I’ve practiced. You owe it to yourself to take your time and reread what you write. Do not count 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 forward in your own life.

After all, not everyone is Rocket Raccoon at Guardians of the Galaxy

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