We all have our pet peeves, do not we?
In an annoying society there are tons of irritating habits that make your skin crawl and your patience disappear. People chewing with their mouth open, snorting, sniffing, coughing, talking… I can go on and on. It simply depends upon your tolerance level.
But there is something recently that grinds me even more than all those body noises.
Perhaps it’s because I am a writer/proofreader/editor it grinds me a little 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 expectancy on every computer on Earth, you’d think the right words would only appear. But even auto-correct can’t help with the wrong choice of words.Auto-correct can not help those who guess at the wrong word 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 haste to get something written, at work and at home, I have chosen the wrong form/spelling/tense. Almost always I grab my mistakes in proofreading. But I’ve come across several people — professional people — that consistently 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 lady, but at least I’m a grammatically correct old woman. They aren’t teaching cursive in schools these days, but speaking and writing well is as important as it is ever been.I hear a good deal of idle English nowadays — hip language, slurred consonants, half-words. In some circles that may mean money — a recording career, stand up comedy. But outside of that rarefied atmosphere it will not get you far. You need to know how to spell. You will need to know your syntax.
Even if you don’t know what syntax means.
I know English is one of the most confusing languages around. I mean, how many ways can you describe Where? Wear? Ware? But in the modern world that is not an excuse. When I see a professional letter start out “Goof Morning,” I have problems. It is one thing to text “you’re my breast friend” rather than “you’re my very best friend,” but not in an interoffice memo.
Not everyone is a composing scholar. I know I am not. However, I’ve practiced. You owe it to yourself to take your time and reread what you write. Don’t rely on spell check to catch your mistakes. Once you understand your weaknesses, make an avid attempt NOT TO DO IT AGAIN. Don’t let lazy English get in the way of your moving forward in your life.
After all, not everyone is Rocket Raccoon at Guardians of the Galaxy. Not everyone is cute and furry and can get away with saying, “Well he don’t know talkin’ good like me and you, so his vocabulistics is limited to ‘I’ and ‘am’ and ‘Groot,’ exclusively in that order.”