I lot of you will know exactly where I am going with this post. Yep that’s right grammar and spelling. I have to say that it is my biggest gripe. Bad spelling and grammar set my teeth on edge and if my father was still alive his blood would boil. My friends know how much of a stickler I am for correct English and take the mickey out of me relentlessly. The trouble with setting yourself up as a grammar Nazi is that should you make one tiny mistake the whole world comes down on you like a ton of bricks. No longer can I make a simple typo without hearing my own rantings reflected back at me. No longer can I shorten words in text speak without fingers pointing and heads shaking. But you know what? I can deal with all that as long as people take more care over their own English. I saw a picture on Facebook today and it tickled me. The quality of the photo was not very good so I will give you the gist;
Girl – I hate peeple who talk rubbish
Boy – *people
Girl – Shut up Danel I’m cross, I’m not looking at my spell check.
Boy – *Daniel
Girl – Stop! Just get of my page
Boy – *off
Girl’s mum – Daniel please stop, she is having a hard time and we are helping her threw something right now
Boy – *through
Girl – Daniel now your messing with my family, just stop.
Boy – You’re as in you’re making this too easy for me
Now if this was a true conversation I love that boy. I would be proud to call him my son but he is a pedant and I am not ashamed to say that so I am.
One of my catchphrases that I seem to use a lot with my Facebook chums is “The comma is your friend”.
Unfortunately with the advent of texting and social media, brevity seems to be the most important thing now rather than the correct use of the language. Everyone knows that ‘yr’ covers your, and you’re so there is no need to know the difference any more, numbers count as letters ‘c u l8r’ is ‘see you later’. Even ‘OK’ has been shortened to ‘K’.
So is the English language dying? Some would say that it is always evolving and changing and ‘thou would not be erroneous in that supposition’, but is this evolution or just laziness? My feeling is that it is laziness and I do have to admit my guilt with regard to the text situation but I would not dream of using these shortened words in my ‘real’ life. My emails and letters are always written using correct English with commas, semi colons and everything and I for one and proud of that fact.
English is a beautiful language and I just hope and pray that the future generations don’t destroy it.
Anyway it’s lunch time so ‘Lets eat, Grandma’.