On my way home I pulled behind a vehicle with a personalized plate frame. It used "it's" instead of "its." I started thinking about this and wondered if we have lowered our expectations so much that we no longer expect people to learn and use proper spelling and grammar. Do people see it wrong so frequently that they now think it's correct?
English is a complex language and no one can know/remember the rules all the time; however, when the words are used frequently, shouldn't it be easy to remember? Such as loose/lose; its/it's; you're/your; there/their/they're.
I have to admit, I cringed when I read Missy's thread, "Say Your Sorry." (sorry Missy, lol!)
I was just thinking about this yesterday. I was in line behind a woman at the bakery and recognized her as a teacher at the public school my kids used to attend. When she ordered she actually said "my daughter don't like strawberries" Even my 4th grader noticed it and asked about it in the car.
I think an appreciation of good grammar is dwindling, but I admit to not spelling well or always it in writing. I think part of the reason is the casual manner of communication these days, with texting, facebook and pages like this.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I think it's important to make an effort to use proper grammar and punctuation. I do cringe when I see spelling mistakes on printed material and other things that should have been edited. It reflects poorly on the person who wrote it.
And, yes, I know I make mistakes too.
I try to write appropriately......but half the time am posting from my phone and sometimes miss auto corrects or what not, or am flying through a post and mess up a tense or whatever.
I think that people who are obviously not very well educated and have consistently poor grammar can be very hard to read: the real basics bother me (like, aloud vs. allowed).......but I see people post things on facebook that only seemed geared towards pointing out how awesome they personally are at grammar and how intolerable any deviation is from their perfection......and it makes me think that they are kindov dorky and maybe need some other things to feel proud of. I mean, perspective, people.
Ha ha ha this. There are a few things that irk me...I can usually spot a typo/typing too fast situation vs. someone who just doesn't get it. I'm by no means perfect and I'm often trying to type fast in between other things so I make plenty of my own mistakes.
I think sometimes too that if a person is around people who speak that way, even if they know better, they revert to using incorrect grammar and vocab.
Mom to E and C
You mean me, right, Melis.
Bad grammar and spelling bother me. Part of it is half of my job is translating and editing, and it is hard to turn off my mind and think something is not work. I have to try hard sometimes not to point things out. At the moment I think I have reached a good balance, and only point it out when someone is calling a third party stupid or making fun of another party's English. This gives me a way to vent my inner grammar **** without going insane over Facebook with people I care about.
I do think that our schools are too lax, and send too many people to a higher grade without proper skills. Good English usage is imperative to learning everything else. That's why science people who are experts on their subject send their theses to me and others like me, they know that a badly written piece can not only change the nuances of their research but also affect an experiment's reproducibility, not to mention their reputation. Mistakes can be made, that is certainly understandable, and I do it too, but a flagrant disregard for proper English usage makes me feel that the writer has no respect for their audience.
It's too bad too many people don't care about their own English ability. I don't expect everyone to have copies of The Cambridge Guide to English Usage on their Desk (but you should, it's fun!), but these days there are great web resources, such as www.bartleby.com. Or you could try the humorous approach using www.theoatmeal.com.
My MIL is a retired Language Arts (English) teacher and she corrects everyone all the time. My problem is I am dyslexic and at times it kicks in and frustrates me to no end. I know what I want to say and how to say it but it just won't come out (mostly in writing but sometimes speaking as well).
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Bailey (April 2, 2011)
"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." Caroline Myss
I'm not the best but there are times on places like facebook that I get completely annoyed looking at the lack of spelling/grammar mistakes. I think that people are just lax and don't care about communicating correctly.