I recently rediscovered Twitter. I still don’t use it much (my apologies if you’ve pinged me there and never gotten a response), but posts like the above make me think that I should! :D
On a more serious note (not really), I often find myself catching others’ spelling and grammar errors — I can’t help it. I typically don’t say anything but wonder sometimes if I should? What about you?
I do too, but never say anything because I always come back to ‘judge not less ye be judged’! I am not always perfect with grammar/spelling I think.
Haha, that’s a good point, Fraggle. I’ve made the your-you’re and there-their-they’re error a few times when writing hurriedly. I’m always irritated when I catch my mistake, especially if it’s *after* I’ve pushed the “send” button!
I’m Ok with the your and there things, it’s the danged apostrophes that get me!
Catch them? Yes.
I rarely say anything though; I always presume I’ll come across as a colossal ass. :)
Lol, me too, Matt! I don’t want to appear that way and *definitely* don’t want people to hesitate to write me because they’re worried I’ll judge their grammar or punctuation skills.
My grammar isn’t perfect; but superfluous or misplaced apostrophes irritate like hell!
Lol! Those bother me, too, and quotation marks! No one knows how to place them properly. I think the thing that irritates me most, though, is poor spelling when it seems like people just don’t care — or worse, appear to think it’s stupid if you *do* care.
I sense another blog post coming on! Thanks for your comment! :)
Well played, Hoss. Well played.
Twitter — I didn’t do much with Twitter for a long time, but I’ve started to find more use for it lately. Just a different way to make connections with people I meet via social media. I think the change from 140 to 280 characters also helped.
Regarding typos … what really bothers me is that I find typos in my emails and posts and other communications more and more often. I used to be very proud of my ability to put things out without typos and misspellings, but the older I get, the more this weird thing happens. In my mind, I know what I mean and the words are communicated to my fingers and more and more often these days, there are missing words, words that make absolutely no sense in context, and all sorts of other things that are simply not what my brain was thinking at the time. It is pretty amazing some time. So, I don’t have the guts to pick on other people’s typos anymore.
Haha, it’s happened to all of us. I’ve definitely made the your-you’re and there-their-they’re mistake a few times. I think what bothers me most is the complete disregard for even attempting correct spelling or grammar in a lot of stuff I see online. It’s like people don’t think it matters and isn’t important at all. This highlights the controversy between the sciences and the liberal arts, which are presented as “irrelevant,” within academia and nationwide… Which is ironic when you have college graduates who don’t know how to put a resume together.
Twitter is kind of cool. It’s a refreshing change from facebook. That said, it’s still just another social media feed to check. I don’t know if I’ll become *really* active on it any time soon.
Totally agree about the breakdown in people even caring about correct spelling and grammar. I see it more and more in my work. I also see a lot of people who simply cannot put together memos or letters in a logical way that make any sense. I think it’s in part due to the impact social media and texting has on our communication skills, and also that there is something not happening in schools. I don’t know what it is, but there’s some wrong direction our education system has taken and it’s leaving students less capable of basic writing skills. (And what I really loved was when I would see things my kids brought home from school — things their teachers had produced — that were full of spelling and grammar mistakes!)
Pick and choose you’re battles. ;-]
Most definitely! :)