Most of us have our pet peeves, do not we?
In an annoying society there are tons of irritating habits which make your skin crawl and your patience evaporate. It simply depends on your tolerance level.
But there’s something recently that grinds me more than all the body sounds.
Perhaps it’s because I am a writer/proofreader/editor it disturbs 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 not help with the incorrect option of words.Auto-correct can not help those who guess at the incorrect term or the wrong version of a word.
Grammar is not rocket science. It is common sense. Something that a lot of people lack.
In my hurry to get something written, at work and at home, I’ve chosen the wrong form/spelling/tense. Almost always I grab my errors in proofreading. However, I’ve come across several people — professional people — that always misspell, misrepresent, and really mangle the English language. And often these are higher-ups — educated individuals with degrees — that should know better.
I know I sound like an old woman, but at least I’m a grammatically correct old woman. They are not teaching cursive in schools nowadays, but talking 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 certain circles that may mean cash — a recording career, stand up comedy. But out of that rarefied air it will not get you far. You will need to learn how to spell. You will need to learn your syntax.
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 begin “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. Do not rely on spell check to catch your errors. As soon as you understand your weaknesses, create an avid effort NOT TO DO IT AGAIN. Don’t let idle English get in the way of your moving ahead in your own life.