October 15, 2007
I agree, sort of
Originally published October 15, 2003
I believe that this post is overly pedantic [Ed. Blog seems to no longer exist.], but she does raise a valid point. I know several people who have college degrees but write as if they were barely literate.
I don't claim to be great at spelling (as people who read this blog regularly already know) but I'm writing a blog here, for crying out loud. It ain't like I'm getting paid for it or I get a letter grade on every post. I am simply too damned lazy to look up words that I don't spell regularly, so I just take a wild guess at them. If the result looks TOO obviously fucked-up, I'll try to substitute a word that I CAN spell.
I don't do that "wild guess" thing if I am writing business correspondence. I'll check my spelling every time. Business correspondence is important literature. This blog is not.
I also commit several Crimes Against Grammar regularly on this blog that I would not put in formal communication. I frequently address the reader as "you." For example, you might read a sentence like this on my page.
"One might read a sentence such as this one on my page", is proper diction, but it feels STILTED to me. I don't like feeling stilted. I prefer the vernacular.
I sometimes begin a sentence with the words "There are..." or "It is...", which are both no-nos. I use the word "ain't" on occasion. I also use potty-mouthed language and write a few run-on sentences here and there. I don't call those lapses of mine examples of poor grammar. I call them STYLE. I know better than to write diction-impared sentences, but I write them anyway. It's my blog. I can do whatever I want to here.
I DO have a few pet peeves, however; some mistakes are unforgivable.
1) KNOW the difference between "affect" and "effect."
2) DON"T write "it's" when you mean "its."
3) STOP before you write "your" when you mean "you're."
4) BE DRAGGED OFF AND SHOT for confusing "there" and "their."
Okay, there's my rant on grammer. I DO find it odd that the person who authored the post that I linked to once wrote everything on her page as if the "CAPS" key was missing from her keyboard. Yeah, I remember, darlin.'
That's another one of my pet peeves. PUNCTUATE AND CAPITALIZE, dammit
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