Friday, August 20, 2010

Grammar Rant





I have quite a few pet peeves. I guess that comes with having some OCD tendencies, but let me share with you one of my biggest pet peeves: bad grammar and lazy spelling.


I see it at work, I see it on Facebook, in texts, in emails...it's everywhere and it gets on my last nerve. Bad grammar irks me even more though when I see it done by the very people who are getting paid to write properly; journalists for example, and as shown in the picture above, advertisers. Surely they should know better.


Granted, English is a grammatically tricky language, but I'm pretty sure I remember sitting in English class learning the difference between their, there and they're. These numpties are getting paid big bucks to create signs, in this case advertising educational software for kids and they can't find anyone in the whole swanky advertising office that knows the their/there/they're rule? Give me a break.


Like I said, journalists are just as bad. I just read an online newspaper article written in Winnipeg about the "University off Manitoba". Off? Really? Off?


Your job is to write this article and you couldn't even be bothered to proof read it? Off and of don't even sound the same - they are two completely different words. Even if it was a case of fat fingers on the keyboard, let's face it, there is no excuse for it making it to print; proofreading would have caught it.

I'll say it again. I hate lazy grammar and lazy spelling. Because, that's what it is; lazy. I'm not a genius, and I know I make mistakes. I don't expect everyone else to be perfect either. I know that spelling can be tricky and let's face it, there are a lot more interesting things to do in this life than spend time remembering the order of the vowels in the word conscientious, but that is why people invented the dictionary. If you don't know how to spell a word, then look it up.

It's so easy, and with the luxury of the Internet at our fingertips, you don't even need to get up from your chair, or open a book. Google the word you're looking for...go ahead, sound it out...or go straight to an online dictionary. Maybe you're more on the fly? Well guess what? There's still no excuse. There's even an app for that.