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So we all make mistakes sometime. There’s not enough time to properly revise your term paper, you need a second pear of eyes to look over that blog post. But you just want to get it done. Receiving feedback for the rushed-through writing, you realize that you missed necessary commas misplaced prepositions and neglected correct spellings. You’re reminded that grammar isn’t just a set of nagging rules, but established guidelines that steer language toward clarity. Oh grammer.
If you were a member of the original “I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar” group on Facebook, then perhaps your familiar with Sharon Eliza Nichols’ book of the same name, and this month’s feature More Badder Grammar! Nichols’ second book compiles more signage of grammar blunders and “boo-boo’s.” Newscast screen shots of incorrect usage of “their,” “there”, and “they’re.” Unnecessary apostrophe mark’s. “Oddly” placed quotations marks. Its all in the book. Documented.
While we don’t mean to judge unfairly – some individuals may not have had access to schooling where proper grammar is learned – we do appreciate the humor that sometimes comes with grammar misuse just as much as the value of grammar. Did you see this gem going around? Whoever played with the magazine headline understood not only the chuckles resulting in missing commas, but the value of grammar”s power to help us communicate accurately.
Is your Geek Week confession one of grammar? This book is for you. Win a copy by leaving a comment that responds to the question below. Feel free to play around with grammar yourself to make it funner!
Considering the state of text messaging and social media communication, do you think that grammar rules should remain upheld? Or, should they evolve with our ever-changing technology?
Go fourth grammar superstars!!!!!
I think that grammar rules should be upheld, but there should be more recognition of the fact that grammar IS evolving. Usage dictates rules.
Grammar refines the English, or any, language. Upholding the rules of grammar should be our duty to preserving the language. When writing a college essay, the time difference between typing “you” and “u” is not that great. Imagine if we al tlkd lyk dis. Dsnt luk 2 prof rite? Even worse, suM pPl lyK 2 pRes cAps 4 sUm LeTrS. Should we relax the rules of grammar for sentences like the ones above? Besides, it’s one thing to text friends with abbreviations and another to actually adopt poor grammar skills and use them in daily and professional life. As a self-appointed member of the Grammar Police, my friends are constantly harangued by my corrections, an act which causes just a slight amount of anger to be directed my way. But, it’s all worth it to see my passion for the English language is being put to good use by strictly upholding the rules of grammar.
Of course they should be uphelded. After all, messeges are more about shotrening words than having badder grammar.
I believe that grammar rules should remain upheld. If they were to evolve with the media and technology, the English language would eventually be lost. The many grammar rules that exist are there for a reason. Without them, as this post and wonderful book points out, many misunderstandings have and will continue to occur.
Grammar rules should be taken seriously, not only is it obnoxious to see repeat offenses in texts and posts; prospective employers look at those errors and judge candidates on grammar and spelling mistakes. Sometimes spell check and predictive text make mistakes, that is why proofreading is crucial.
Personally, in my esteemed (!) opinion, I think that grammar rules should not only be upheld, but enforeced. In the sick and twisted age of “wat r u doing 2nite?”, grammar has become a lost art. Although some things in life do need to evolve with the times, grammar should not be one of them. Now please pardon me whilst I text my BFF to ask her wat she is doin 4 noms 2nite.
I think grammer rules should be upheld, having good grammer and being able to use it properly reflects well on the person. I’ve never been able to get into the language of text speaking and I always make the point of trying to text our every word rather then shortening them!
I believe grammar should be upheld in any circumstance. When we start to use poor grammar in text messaging, e-mails, and other sorts of communications we lose grammar altogether. We carry habits and routines with us wherever we go. I’ve found that if I use poor grammar in text message and e-mail, I start to use poor grammar everywhere else. It doesn’t matter, use proper grammar and spelling!
I absolutely think it’s important to maintain the rules of grammar. Having said that, I think that when it comes to certain forms of communication, for example, texting, everything kind of goes out the window. I think when it comes to texting, the important thing is that the message is decipherable. I don’t think grammar, or even spelling matter when texting. When texting, it’s just all about getting the message across as quickly as possible and that often means the destruction of all grammar and spelling. Having said that, now, I do think it’s important to maintain grammar and spelling in most other forms of communication. Email can be a tricky one though, it really depends on the context of the email. If you are sending off a quick email to a friend that in essence isn’t much different than sending a text, then maybe some slips in grammar are okay. But then the real question is, where does it end? When do these allowed slips in grammar go too far and become a habit that slowly eats away at the foundations of grammar in our minds?
I’m currently in school majoring in English. So, yes, grammar is very important to me! I think it’s sad that the majority of my Facebook friends don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re” or “two”,”to” and “too”. I’m that friend who is constantly commenting and fixing other’s mistakes with an asterisk and correction–I can’t help it!
I believe that we should use proper grammer within our text messaging. Due to the fact, that we loose a sense of wording and we always make mistakes of misspelling actual words when needed. Therefore, grammer should be more used within text messaging to ensure that we are not losing our history of learning words and to gain better skills in wording and writing subject matters.
I completely understand the idea that we might need to ‘adjust’ grammar rules. No one says things like, “That is the reason for which I came,” anymore (never end a sentence in a preposition!) And I do think that there are some things that should remain sacred…like spelling!!
There must remain some standard for communication. If we allow grammar to slide, what can we evolve down into next? Consensus science? Relative mathematics?
I think grammar rules should be upheld, but more forgiving under certain circumstances, to an extent of course. For example, I don’t expect my homegirl to text me using perfect grammar every single time. Now, if she wrote me a letter of recommendation…she should be more careful with that!
Yes… please uphold grammar rules. I am a geek. I get fidgety when there are typos, misspellings or misuse of words. In commentary, I’m not as strict on these points as I am with a professional blog… (e.g., I can make mistakes, but if someone is paid to write online, they should be held to the standards of other professional writers).
And I realize the tongue-in-cheek effect here… but please… I can’t take it! Hook a sister up with the following changes please:
Line 4 – “spelling” should be singular
Last line – correct the spelling of “grammer” to “grammar”
Line 2 – update “your” to become “you’re”
Line 4 – remove apostrophe before the “s” in “boo-boos”
Lines 4-6 – use semicolons for fragment separation
Line 5 – remove the apostrophe in “marks”
Line 6 – “Its” should have an apostrophe to read “It’s all in the book.”
Line 5 – traditionally in a “not only” sentence, it should be followed by a “but also” – meaning we would need an “also” here
Line 5 – the quotation marks in should become an apostrophe in “grammar’s”
Line 6 – Transpose accurately and communicate
YES, grammar is important and it should be upheld! The next generation is learning to write things like, “gtg,” “2nite,” “wat,” “lol,” and they are using these “words” for not only text messages, but also letters and school papers. Some people don’t see the importance of words like “your,” “you’re,” “there,” “their,” “they’re,” or “two,” “to,” or “too.” So yes, grammar is important and should be taken seriously.
I keep writing responses and then getting really worried that my grammar is incorrect. Maybe I could use this book more than I think I do!
How can we be expected to teach children to communicate and write with any kind of self respect without grammar? I think that grammar should be upheld, after all communication is something we’ll always have, texting or not.
Angela, this is hilarious!
I wish writing skills were more valued and taken seriously. Modernity makes us more and more lazy. Laws don’t change because of some people lazyness, so language shoudn’t. Language is beautiful, honor it.
As a budding English major and a fully fledged Grammar Nazi, I believe in the power of a well-constructed, grammatically correct sentence. Not only is proper grammar more pleasing to the eye when reading and more pleasing to the ear when conversing, it prevents confusion! The main point of grammar–in my opinion–is to express correctly the message that one is trying to convey. Consider the following pair of sentences: “Let’s eat Grandma!” and “Let’s eat, Grandma!” Both display the same words in the same order but, because of a single comma, convey entirely different meanings. The first suggests eating Grandma while the second is an imperative sentence directed at the grandmother.
Language evolves, yes, but in our current society “lol,” “gtg,” “ttyl,” and “2nite” are not allowed at the college or professional level. The texting world and the academic world are separate spheres. Therefore, until a professor accepts “me and you’re sister r going out 2nite” in a paper or a boss has no qualms with “data shows that credit card’s r being used oftener then they were b4,” one should make every effort to uphold the grammar rules on which our academically driven society operates.
I almost always use proper grammar when texting, typing, or emailing! I even use proper capitalization and punctuation! I am a grammar freak, so yes, I do think grammar rules should be upheld!
Grammar should totally remain the way it is. Some may see today’s popular way of typing/texting as convenient and harmless, but I have to disagree. It’ll evolve our society into something even more lazy than it already is! Plus, it just really looks messy and unprofessional. I say we keep perfect grammar exactly the same! I always text and Facebook with my best grammar, and I like to encourage my friends to do the same.
I’m uptight in my mind though gracious in my speech; but I do bristle at curse words (and vulgar language in general), excessive “to be” verbs, misuse of there and their, its and it’s, and run on sentences. I also believe, rather firmly, in spelling “grey” with an “e” — but that is a personal preference, I suppose : ) If this books comes into my possession I shall forward it onto my librarian sister-in-law because she holds very strict opinions on the correct use of grammar.
Of course it should be upheld! Shortcuts can be used as long as people don’t forget how it should really be. However I think that grammar is ever-changing regardless. Just look at how we spoke centuries ago… I don’t think anybody decided to change grammar one day, it just happened! The film “My Fair Lady” comes to mind.
I am a firm believer that correct grammar is essential! It is very disappointing to see that many of my college peers do not know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. It embarrasses me. It’s something so simply yet many are unable to distinguish the difference. You do not have to be an English major to use correct grammar. I am a Chemical Engineering major and writing is very important in my line of career. Our generation is getting lazy enough as it is, so imagine if we let grammar rules go out the window! I think that correct grammar reflects the intelligence and sophistication of a person, both in their writing and speaking.
Grammar rules should be upheld and remain the standard for our language. I feel that social media could have a positive spin on this, forcing us to be more precise and assertive with our word choices and how we construct our sentences. After all, we sometimes have to communicate big news in 140 characters or less!
I agree that grammar rules should be upheld even with our ever changing technology. I cringe when my sisters and nieces send me those “wherru?” texts. However, I’ll admit that I poke fun of them when I get a text that is incomprehensible.
I think grammar is still pretty important. Run-on sentences in a text just make things confusing! However, I’ve gotten many text messages from my friends where everything is misspelled (usually because when they type, they hit the keys next to the ones they meant to) but I can still decipher what they meant to say. In the end, I think grammar trumps spelling in trying to get your point across!
I do believe grammar rules should still be upheld.
I also find it quite ironic that a post about other people making grammar mistakes has grammar mistakes within itself. (As Kate C. pointed out in her comment)
Since English is my second language, I guess I try harder to uphold the rules 🙂
Since English is my second language, I try harder to uphold the rules…
Grammar is important! However, there is a time and place for less formal writing.
Despite the technological advances in our society today, the rules of grammar STILL need to be upheld! I can’t tell you how annoying it is to read the wrong your(‘re), or see an improper use of “then,” and I will inform whoever wrote the text of their error. Yes, we all make mistakes sometimes, but with simple fundamental grammar and spelling errors prevalent in social media today, it seems as though it is becoming a problem. Whenever I text someone I never abbreviate, I always correct grammar and spelling errors, and sometimes I’ll re-read my message before I hit send. The English language changes just as rapidly as technology, but the rules still stay finite. When you think about it, good grammar is embedded into the technology we use on a daily basis; the user manual that came with your new PC was written by a technological writer who was trained in English, and was edited and proofread before it was packaged up with the computer; that smartphone in your hand more than likely has auto-correct on it, so it obviously has an English program in its system. No matter where you are or what device you use, proper English will always find you.
Yes, I think grammar rules should absolutely be upheld. It irks me to no end when I see great writers and bloggers who use improper grammar. No matter how well they write, I can’t appreciate their words as much when they don’t take the time to check them for grammar and typos. Your writing can still have an informal tone when you’re writing something more casual like a blog post, but it still needs to be correct. If you’re not the best at grammar, find someone to proofread for you. It only takes a few minutes to double check.
Proper grammar rules should absolutely be upheld. It’s fine to make changes when the situation warrants it, and our society is certainly changing. The question that must be asked, however, is if these changes are for the better. I would say that the evolution of language via texting, Twitter, and other social media is a negative one, and our grammar rules should be enforced more strongly in the proper settings. I would also like to take this opportunity to say, “Long live the Oxford comma!”
As an editor for a small city newspaper, I’m constantly fixing grammar mistakes, cringing when we get quotes from area lawmakers that aren’t correct but I can’t fix.
That said, language is a growing, evolving animal. There’s a reason why many of my classmates couldn’t keep up with Shakespeare: the language has changed and will continue to change. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just different.
As far as upholding grammar rules, those are important to a point. If anyone would want to be taken seriously in a formal setting, he or she must adhere to the rules. In an informal setting, though, I believe that anything goes. I’m not going to run up to a group of high schoolers and say, “Pardon me, miss, I believe you meant to ask ‘with whom am I riding to the theater.’ ”
I’m a recovering Grammar Nazi…I used to correct the nuns in middle school. Bad, bad idea.
Language should be allowed to evolve. But I also think that in formal writing, grammer rules should be upheld.
I tnk lingo shd chng depending on its usage. ppl hu txt or tweet nd sum 4m of shrthand. hwevr, grammr n spelling rlz shd always apply w/ ne long-form communication. Id nvr mke a post on Facebook dat wznt grammatically crrct.
It’s a hard one. Our language has been evolving or devolving depending on how you look at it. English has a long history of being simplified – think of the old ways of spelling words like ‘shoppe’ and the use of the word ‘thee’ and different pronunciation of vowels. It’s almost inevitable that our grammar mistakes and simplifications of the language will one day change how the rules of our language work. Some of the rules have already changed in my short time alone – like the ‘two space after a sentence’ rule.
Like I totes think that grammar rules should be up held! OMG for real’s. Just like talking and writing like whatever you want is not good. LOL! 🙂 Your going to sound like a total dummy. so to all the dummy’s out there…
The English language has evolved so much over my lifetime that it would be impossible for the linguistic and grammatical powers that be to ignore these changes as it continues to evolve and transform, for better or worse. That said, I hope to teach one day, and there is no way I will accept a paper written entirely in txtspk or internet lingo. I swear that, when I sleep at night, hideous sentences like, “Omg! Tht Hmlt. 2b 0r nt 2 b…rite!?” “Polonius was such a tool. I rofled when Hamlet pwned that n00b.” dance in my head.
English speakers of Shakespeare’s time, and even English speakers of Jane Austen’s time, would think we talked in gibberish, so we will need to make some efforts as a linguistic community to change with the times. However, grammar rules, as arbitrary as they may be, exist for at least one reason: so that no one has to read about Shakespeare characters “pwning n00bs”.
All of the above. The rules of spelling and grammar should be left to adjust and adapt naturally, just as they have in the past. We don’t need to force a change, neither do we need to restrict it.
As an English teacher, I have always taught that words have tremendous power. Words can hurt, heal, start wars, and make peace. Words (and grammar) are the cornerstone of civilization for they are the way humanity conveys thoughts and emotions; hence when we speak we must do so in a way that is mindful if not thought-provoking. When people use text-speak and poor grammar, they are saying that they don’t care enough to give thought to how they are perceived, or worse, they don’t care enough about the people with which they are communicating to use their best knowledge of the language. Too many times I have heard from my students: Well, Miss, you know what I meant and that is good enough. Is it really? What about saying what one means and meaning what one says? Becoming lax in the way we communicate is becoming in our thought processes and mediocrity will eventually become the exceptional.
I definently feel that grammar rules should be upheld, but I believe that abbreviation is acceptable to an extent. Although I am not one to abbreviate, I can see why those who find themselves in a time crunch would. It doesn’t hurt to trim a few seconds off text time by texting, “What time 4 dinner 2night?” Unfortunately, many people have taken text language to the extreme! I find it quite irritating when I see things like this, “yO yu nd the hOmie$ dwN 2 hit da cLuB 2niTe?” It is these monstrosities that are dumbing people down. The rules of grammar should be upheld or more people will begin to speak in a hardly understandable language.
Just because some people choose not to type properly in text messages- myself included at times, of course, as is everyone- doesn’t mean anything. It’s just modern day shorthand & shouldn’t really mean anything. Imagine if books were re-written to match up with the way -some- people type. Hah! x
With all the ‘text-talk’ the youth of this generation use, spelling and proper grammar might disappear all together.
Grammar rules should absolutely be upheld. People who don’t abide by them are only making themselves appear to be less intelligent. I used to be a writing tutor at my university, and I saw enough abuses of the English language to last a lifetime. One girl repeatedly used words like “thru” (instead of “through”) in her research paper! Come on, people–we ARE better than that! Yes, I know that our language is always changing and evolving, but it’s not necessarily always for the better (have you SEEN what words are acceptable in Scrabble these days?). I won’t be complicit in it. Do not go gentle into that good night, fellow English majors!
In my opinion, grammar rules should always be upheld. I am a complete grammar Nazi and always find myself correcting the typical use of ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’ and other easily avoided mistakes. I don’t mind the occasional use of an abbreviation in a text because some of the technology these days has an extremely irritating feature called auto-correct, which I myself have had some issues with. It’s especially annoying if you can’t turn it off on the particular phone you chose to purchase. So some minor grammar mistakes are acceptable in texts. However, when typing in emails, Facebook messages, etc. I think grammar should absolutely be perfect. It takes a fraction of a second longer to type the extra letter and apostrophe in ‘you’re’ on a keyboard, so why make such a simple mistake other than to irritate people like me? The worst is people who actually replace letter with numbers and commit other grammar-related atrocities. Honestly, Y do ppl tlk lyk dis whn thyr txtn? I find it very hard to understand texts like this and I would think it would take longer and more effort to write a text like this. It completely baffles me. All in all, yes, considering the state of text messaging and social media communication, grammar rules should always be upheld with the exception of very FEW abbreviations within a text message.
It very much depends on the context and the relationship you have with the person you are texting. If it is understood that you are shortening the text to save space/time, and you are texting with a friend with which you have a close,casual relationship with, then I don’t think “proper” grammar matters… As long as both parties know that it is on purpose.
However, if you are texting an acquaintance you wouldn’t use slang with, a boss, a person in a position of authority, an official, your superior, or anyone you want to take you seriously…..in short, anyone who is not your family/close friend, then proper grammar should definitely apply. It depends on the relationship you have with that person. Always consider how your text is representing you and if it’s something that makes you appear as a respectable, intelligent, person of substance and value– and not like a classless, degenerate idiot.
Language evolves and changes, but there should always be a standard for the written word.
The rules of language and grammar should ALWAYS be taught, studied, and upheld, despite the malleable condition of living languages. Otherwise writing and speaking, and all communication save gestures, for that matter, will become unclear and therefore fail in its ultimate purpose, which is to get a specific message from the sender to the receiver. There are always slight ambiguities in any message, and the lack of a standardized use of spelling and punctuation will only increase that ambiguity. I understand that technology has helped speed up the process of communication, but what good is that decreased delay, if the message being sent does not convey the desired meaning?
lets Keep grammer the write way! Its not supposed 2 change. luv u mdclth!
As a high school teacher, I am tasked with the job of preparing my students for college and the real world. The real world requires communication in order to operate smoothly. In a globally-competitve world, standards to language must apply. It would be nearly impossible or impractical for someone to learn English in order to conduct business if the language were so nuanced from the standard that it required learning all the many exceptions to grammatcial rules. Informal language will always evolve, ebbing and flowing with the addition and subtraction of culturally relevant words. The formal academic and business language, however, must remain fairly stagnant in order to efficiently communicate.
The purpose of grammar is to reduce confusion. For example, if people ignore the differences between there/they’re/their, abandon punctuation, or don’t use Oxford commas, it often muddles their message and distracts from what they are ultimately trying to say. With that in mind, I think grammar should be upheld to the point that it facilitates clarity. Rules that do aid in clarity can be done away with, but I find that most grammatical conventions are there for a reason.
Furthermore, while I think clarity should be the goal of language itself, I think that in many cases the goal of language users should be beauty. One of the reasons I love reading Victorian novels and poetry is because they phrase things clearly and effectively, but more importantly, with beauty. Language is capable of extreme beauty, and I think that is why we read at all. I realize that beauty is a matter of opinion, but personally I find a well crafted sentence, with a lot of thought put into it much more beautiful that text speak.
Written word already provides ample room for interpretation. Tolerating devolution of grammar in formal communication will ultimately result in excessive ambiguity. Butt, the t3xting & s3xting kulture is a mashup of written and spoken word, using a fone! The us3rs have every right to cHoos3 their texting stile, rite?
Even though English is my second language, I think that the grammar rules should be upheld. As in every language they should be.
Perhaps I’m in the “older” age bracket of those replying, but I feel the rules of grammar need to be upheld. The manner in which a person speaks or writes provides so much insight into a person’s character. I, for one, do not want to live in a society where our future leaders can’t even complete a proper sentence!
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