How I wish I could create info-graphics like this. They’re perfect for visual learners like myself. I just want to post them all over the place! They catch people’s attention and provide important facts that people may not otherwise pay attention to. So, today’s blog post features an info-graphic published by copyblogger.com
I would hope this is not new information to the general public. Is the education system really doing its job if we can’t retain simple grammar rules from years of drilling us in elementary school? Sometimes, I feel like fifth graders really do know more than us. Well, for all of us who either never learned it correctly or simply forgot, and then slipped into these bad habits of sloppy English, take a look…
So we’re adults now. We’re not graded weekly with regular grammar tests. Who’s holding us accountable? We have spell check, but spell check won’t judge us if we spell compliment the wrong way, and spell check doesn’t know the difference between a man “literally” dying of shame and a man literally dying of shame. We have become accustomed to the text lingo (lol, sup, thanx, jk, luv; or my worst pet peeve, the lower cased ‘i’ … come on people, give yourself some credit! As the only capitalized pronoun, you better OWN that ‘I’!) and this casual-language infestation is contagious. It’s spreading faster than you can correct it.
With so many ways to communicate these days, people are getting lazy. Writing or typing (can you really call it writing anymore if it’s done on a computer?) on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, emails, etc. has become so natural for us, we often don’t think twice about how we’re saying what we’re saying. I mean, our friends don’t care if we capitalize our ‘I’s or misuse an apostrophe. Theyknow what we mean! Here’s the problem, though. You’ll learn the hard way if you demonstrate improper grammar in a professional email to your boss.
My theater directors always used to say, “you’ll perform like you practice.” As much as I believed screwing around during rehearsals wouldn’t affect my final performance, because I knew that the moment the curtains opened, I would act my best… they were right.
The majority of our writing is probably just a Facebook wall post or tweet, but we need to bring back respect for the English language in even our most trivial conversations! So memorize that list and make the world better one sentence at a time.