Quote of the week goes to (drum roll, please!) witness for the prosecution against George Zimmerman, 19 year old Rachel Jeantel! Not only did she change her story but when she was asked to read a certain document, she said: "I don't read cursive." What? I hope she is not representative of most 19 year old kids! Ain't she got no book learnin'?
Now for the serious stuff. Maybe the Frosty gulping idiot from Wendy's and Rachel should check this out although they would probably fall asleep instantly; that is if they are even capable of reading anything that even relates one iota toward academics.
PROPER GRAMMAR AND SPELLING DO MATTER
I read a column recently by a guy named David Goodloe. You have never heard of him and neither had I until recently and only because he and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to using proper grammar and spelling in written pieces.
Since I do a lot of blog writing that reaches the public via the electronic media plus hard copy pieces through newspapers like the Scottsdale Republic and Arizona Republic, I try my best to be accurate with my tenses, spelling, and other forms of grammar.
Goodloe makes some interesting comments about good grammar and speech usage. One is to never use abbreviations like BTW and IMO. I’m old fashioned enough that I still believe expressions like “by the way” and “in my opinion” should be spelled out. Unfortunately, in this high speed world we have, it usually takes too much time for many to do it the proper way.
A comical example of the above comes from the original movie of “The Odd Couple.” Oscar was complaining to Felix about the fact that he left notes for Oscar on Oscar's pillow. Then he quoted one: "We are all out of corn flakes. FU." He glared at Felix. "It took me three hours to figure out 'FU' was 'Felix Ungar.' "
The only time you will find me guilty of using abbreviations is in informal notes. I’m not adverse to using an occasional “LOL” when writing informal notes to friends but you’ll probably never see me use anything else even as simple as ROFL or LMAO. Those items just indicate laziness plus I am sure there are some people out there (the “codger factor”) who have no idea what they mean.
Then we have the “emoticons.” Do we really need little faces typed from colons, semi-colons, and parentheses to indicate the writer’s mood when they send a message to you? Even worse are the ones that are supplied to us by certain email sites.
Should I even get into the misuses of “their," “they’re,” and “there”? How about “your” and “you’re?” I still get messages, from people who should know better, where all these forms are used incorrectly.
A lot of people are just plain sloppy these days when they write. If they are corrected, they simply say “It doesn't matter; you know what I mean.” It should matter as good grammar and spelling are a hallmark of intelligence and if one has a doubt as to what is correct they should follow the words of the two kids who used to exist in a monthly magazine from “World Books”: “We never guess; we look it up.”