Use it or lose it

2 08 2012

Whether I’m writing a letter, a detailed report or a text message, I try to use correct language (including spelling, grammar and punctuation).  Maybe that’s a bit nerdy, but it is so easy to slip into sloppy “text speak” – something that I believe is slowly killing the English language.

Most of us spend more time online or on our mobile phones now than really writing – unless of course writing is your profession – and even those that write on a regular basis are showing signs of being influenced by the more relaxed, short-hand style required for tweeting, for example.  I have the greatest respect for teachers; however, the changes in education in our country, which seem to have reduced the importance of spelling and grammar, are not helping the situation.

Not only am I a little obsessed with maintaining my standards, I am always striving to learn.  Challenging crossword puzzles, reading a variety of genres and the occasional “word of the day” discussion with fellow “word nerds” all help to expand my vocabulary.  Practice makes perfect.




One response

25 03 2013
john zande

I’m with you on this!

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