My Father's Daughter

i dn’t meen 2 compln

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A while ago I blogged about my pet peeves. There was one glaringly obvious omission: I am dismayed by the abuse of the English language — the written word in particular. I blog, I use Yahoo Messenger, I email, and I understand the online environment lends itself to short forms and mistakes made in haste – I’ve made more than a few. But I am disquieted by the sheer volume of sloppy writing that exists on-line and fear our standards are slipping. Does anyone spell-check, or re-read his or her writing to check for mistakes, or even care about diction, style, and grammar? I understand that one of the benefits of the World Wide Web is the ability individuals have to make their thoughts known, and that free expression is a beautiful thing, but does the English language have to be raped in the process?

I know that writing is a skill and that there is an element of style to it — I don’t expect everyone to express themselves in literature-worthy fashion. I think what bothers me is that often it is painfully obvious that people don’t take the time to care about their words, about spelling, about grammar. They aren’t mistakes of ignorance, just neglect.

I fear the repercussions of this entry (I will be acerbically corrected anytime I make a language misstep), but I couldn’t take it anymore — it had to be said. I think I am already regarded as a Grammar-Nazi by some (basically because of my English degree) and this blog has done nothing to alter that impression. The thing is I don’t expect perfection (except from published works –hello, editors, proof-readers, this is what you’re paid for); I would just like to see more care and concern taken when fingers are put to keyboards.


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