Grammar, Spelling & Punctuation

BY Amanda Horsford
2012/02/24

It all started when I saw this post on Facebook:

Grammar:
The difference between knowing your shit
and knowing you’re shit

Hilarious. But sadly, it pretty much sums up the problem with written communications today. Either a lot of people don’t know any better, or they just don’t care. I’m not perfect either, but I’m good at the basics and I do care––a lot.

With the move to digital communications and the sheer amount of information we need to manage, consume and deliver every day, there is a new need for brevity: to write less, faster, and to be more succinct.

The problem is that as we move from email towards more instant and shortened forms of communication such as IM, texts, statuses and tweets, we have been taking shortcuts that are eroding our language skills: using all lower case all the time, creating new acronyms, and shortening words.

In the world of lol, omg, and lmao;
Cuz, r u, c u, and wouldn’t wanna b u
(totes inappropes, if you know what I mean)

We are slowly losing our ability to write properly and with the rise of the new “digital native generation” it looks like we can only expect it to get worse.

Here are a couple of funny rants and resources to help with some of the more problematic grammar, spelling and punctuation situations:

Hyperbole and a Half

The Alot is better than you at everything

By Allie Brosh

The Oatmeal

The Grammar Series

By Matthew Inman


And for those who want to delve a bit deeper there is always the bestselling Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss.

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  • 24/02/12

    Ralph says:

    I have always loved the Oatmeal grammar series! It is surprising that the "their, there, they're" mistakes are being made by people with more than a high school level education. If you want something a little more hard core though, check out these common grammar errors. http://litreactor.com/columns/20-common-grammar-mistakes-that-almost-everyone-gets-wrong