I don’t want to be pegged as the Grammar Gestapo or the Spelling Special Squad. Lord knows the post is above my pay grade, and I don’t have the patience for it.
But, for the love of the English language, can we (users of all forms of social media) please employ even a passing knowledge of spelling and grammar?
My cousin was the English teacher par excellence when I was in high school. She set a high standard and had no problem giving an F in her class if it was deserved. But she was willing to work with her students to bring them to the point of grasping the basic concepts of the language. Like…
Subject-verb agreement. Syntax. Grammar. Punctuation. Spelling.
Are they as outdated as rotary phones and eight-track tapes?
The downside of reading entries on social media is that we get to see how much abuse the English language is subjected to daily. Blog posts, blog comments, Facebook statuses and responses, tweets… The opportunities to become repeat language offenders are endless.
- Doesn’t it matter any more how one writes or spells?
- Are people no longer reading quality material; therefore, they’re not exposed to proper language?
- Is it that poor speaking has morphed into poor writing?
- Have we accepted subpar English language skills in the education system, and, as a result, they show up elsewhere?
I admit that my eyes glaze over at laziness or ineptitude in writing, unless I have a vested interest in a blog or really connect with the writer. It makes me wonder what can be done to encourage spell checking, dictionary checking, or proofreading our words before we hit “publish” or “post”.
I work with words every day. I love language. I enjoy the aptly-used noun, the deftly-applied adjective, the spark-plug of a verb used judiciously to enliven the action it is conveying. Le mot juste.
So imagine my horror (in some cases) and laughter (in others) when I came across the gems listed below. Who knows? Maybe these word wranglers are creative, artistic types who are merely taking license with words and terms with which we’ve grown overly familiar! Or they might just be thinking (or spelling) outside of the box.
You be the judge.
- Double Aunt Andre
- New clear weapons
- Sillow wet
- Flaming young
- Card again sweater
- Terrace attack
- Time heals all wombs
- Falls gods
- Hollow cost
What are your thoughts on the state of spelling and grammar in the social media world in particular? Which of the terms went straight over your head, and which did you work out pretty quickly?