December 2010


I’ve come across these two links the past few days and had to share.  Tomorrow is the last day of term, so I don’t have time to write a proper post, so this will have to suffice for a bit.

Bookish Christmas Tree Alternative

Calligraffiti

Happy December!

 

 

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Does this sentence make your heart leap with joy? Or does a sentence ending with a preposition make you stop and stare, dumbfounded? Do text-messege-speak emails and Facebook status updates make you cringe? Well, my friend, you are not alone.

The technological world we live in today is making our spelling and grammar suck, to be quite honest. “Your” is confused with “you’re” on a regular basis, and in recent days I’ve seen the phrase “Renaissance man” reduced to a jumble of letters without capitalization. “Saturday” is now “Satueday,” an ad’s “tattoos” is now “tattoo’s,” and compliments are returned with “thanx” instead of “thanks” or “thank you.” (And, apparently, WordPress believes that “thanx” is, indeed, a real word according to its lack of an angry red underline.)

This all goes back to my love of the written word and my shock at the lack of basic writing skills in every age group.  High schoolers, college students, advanced degree-holders (BA, MA, even beyond!), and baby boomer professionals are making basic mistakes in spelling and grammar.  I’m convinced that the necessary use of technology–computers, mobile phones, and social networking sites like Facebook–has chipped away at the English language.

Works Cited: njlplive.jex.com

I can rant as long as I want about the troubling evolution of our language and writing, but that won’t do much.  Instead, all I can do is ask each person to not reduce to text speak in everyday communication and to encourage his or her peers to use correct English.  Mistakes happen, but we can set an example like my friend, Nick.  He ended a sentence within a normal conversation with a preposition, and then corrected himself.  Perhaps writing well and speaking well will eventually lead others to do the same.  Who wants the next generation to look back on us and wonder what the heck we were saying?  Will we need an English to Text Speak dictionary alongside the French, Spanish, Latin, and Old English tomes?  Let’s hope not.  And, if all else fails, you can remember this joke an English professor once told my class:

Visitor: Where is the library at?

Professor: Around here, we don’t end our sentences in prepositions.

Visitor.  Okay…  Where is the library at, asshole?

Here’s to good writing, readable communication, and better education!