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.

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25 03 2013
john zande

I’m with you on this!

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