Defiantly

Grammar YroueGrammer spelling syntax word choice, these for things can mean the difference between sounding foolish, and getting your point across, it’s important, irregardless of weather your writing to a friend or a president of a company. I’m sure you seen the various punctuation memes like “The Panda eats shoots and leaves” or “I like cooking my family and pets”, or the memes explaining the difference between your and you’re or there, their, and they’re. Some believe it’s the advent of texting or social media that have made grammer worse, sense thats when people really started noticing. Personally, I think wether we started texting regularly or just continued posting online, it would of come to light. It’s a skill our society has been loosing for some time now. There were more then a few interoffice memo’s from people who should have known better, that made my skin crawl, cents long before the internet was a common thing, before even MySpace or Friendster*. There are learning disabilities, of course, and opportunities not provided, but for the overwhelming majority, an understanding of how to use basic grammar is definately something within there capabilities. There is, of course, a difference between abusing the language because you could care less, and abusing it for affect, and typos, well, those happen. I’ve had no choice but to occasionally rant on my social media page. Okay, I have, but in the interest of my own sanity, I went with the rant. I think my friend’s would rather I rant on my page then rampage in the streets. Probably be better for my job prospects, to.‡

I’m not perfect by any means – I’ve had my share of syntax, grammar, and spelling errors, but I do believe it is necessary to have a basic understanding of language. There are probably tons of errors in this post (maybe even ones I missed). It’s not just a matter of how well you present yourself to your friends. Choosing the correct word or using the correct grammar DOES change the meaning of a sentence. Look, you don’t have to know how to spell obsequious (unless you’re a toady in training, of course), or the proper use of a semicolon over a comma, but knowing when to use a period or nothing, when to say loose and when to say lose, or the difference between then and than, well, that’s a matter of someone else being able to understand you.

Last week, I came across a school board’s website where there was a particularly common error, confusing affect and effect. As luck would have it, I had business with the superintendent. I let her know; the page was fixed in a matter of hours. Would I have done that with any page? No, I wouldn’t. This, however, was a school district’s page; it kinda mattered.

In other news, there were stories out of the NFL. There’s the Ray Rice story, about a suspension and eventual banning that happened not because there was a change of heart, but because there was a leaked video (cynical much?), and then there’s Devon Still, who had been cut from the only team he’d every played for, the Cincinnati Bengals, because he wasn’t playing up to snuff.

Except he wasn’t.

See, he had been distracted. His little girl has been dealing with cancer. I think that would distract any parent. So what happened? The Bengals kept him on the practice squad so he wouldn’t lose his insurance. A huge pay cut, but insurance. They began selling his jersey, which, if purchased from the pro shop, will benefit the Cincinnati Children’s and pediatric cancer research. Sales have been brisk. Even Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, bought a couple. Well, 100, anyway. Who Dat!

Oh, and Devon was added to the 53-man roster; bit of a better tax bracket with that one.

I ordered mine on Tuesday. Who Dey!

Who Dey!

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*Once a social media site, now a gaming site

Grammar, spelling, syntax, word choice, these four things can mean the difference between sounding foolish, and getting your point across. It’s important, regardless† of whether you’re writing to a friend or a president of a company. I’m sure you’ve seen the various punctuation memes like “The Panda eats shoots and leaves” or “I like cooking my family and pets”, or the memes explaining the difference between your and you’re or there, their, and they’re. Some believe it’s the advent of texting or social media that have made grammar worse, since that’s when people really started noticing. Personally, I think whether we started texting regularly or just continued posting online, it would have come to light. It’s a skill our society has been losing for some time now. There were more than a few interoffice memo’s, from people who should have known better,§ that made my skin crawl, since long before the internet was a common thing, before even MySpace or Friendster*. There are learning disabilities, of course, and opportunities not provided, but for the overwhelming majority, an understanding of how to use basic grammar is definitely something within their capabilities. There is, of course, a difference between abusing the language because you couldn’t care less, and abusing it for effect, and typos, well, those happen. I’ve had no choice but to occasionally rant on my social media page. Okay, I have, but in the interest of my own sanity, I went with the rant. I think my friends would rather I rant on my page than rampage in the streets. Probably be better for my job prospects, too.‡

†That one’s a hanging offense

§Alternately: There were more than a few interoffice memos from people who should have known better that made my skin crawl.

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