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Blogged by: Kitty on Wednesday, April 04, 2012   Facebook comments: comments

I initially wanted to blog about the importance of using proper grammar in social media, forums, online newsletters including blogs. However I'm afraid the blog would somehow diverge into bashing people for using incorrect grammar. And that would make sound mean. Then again I was never a 100% amiable person, and I doubt if there's any body who can claim to be so. You'd have to be either a super innocent bum or a complete pillock. So I'll just carry on with this toned down rant and hopefully I'll survive the bashing later.

Just to make things clear, I'm not a grammar Nazi and I don't intend to be one. Nor am I infallible, I do make mistakes occasionally; you'll find some mistakes or missing words all over the website but I assure you, they are all unintentional. And I'm not going to kill people over some misplaced commas or incorrect spellings.

What I can't tolerate is people who intentionally write in incoherent and improper grammar and a splash of misuse of capitalised letters. An example would be "i reiLLy Like this" or "hahas dis is nOt FuNNY". I don't see why I should take anyone seriously if they communicate in this way. It's one thing to try to decipher whatever the person is trying to say (I can't imagine what dyslexic people have to face) but also I just cannot treat the person who writes to me in this proper manner as someone from the intellectual circle. As I said, I'm not a perfect grammarian and I do allow certain variation of words to be used but when it comes to conveying messages to other people, I want my readers to understand the things I say and hence I make the effort to use proper and correct grammar (even if it doesn't always work).

I understand sometimes there's a need of adding in personal touch or tone into the lines. But words written in correct spelling and grammar can achieve the same effect. I've seen a lot of personal blogs written in flawless grammar and spellings and yet, still have the personal touch in them. In fact, before there's such thing as the internet, people took the effort to write (and still do, I believe) lengthy letters to their loved ones in PROPER grammar.

What about using chatspeak in social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace (do people still use this?), etc? Chatspeak to me is also a variation of incorrect use of spelling, "Tlkn lyk dis Is nOt tolratd". Some says it's all right because it is in informal conversation and everybody is doing it anyway. I even received this response from my brother, "nobody bothers to use proper language in Facebook anymore". He's quite right; a lot of people don't bother to type words in full anymore, and I say, well they damn should bother. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean you should too.

This applies to all languages, not just English. I do understand that sometimes when it comes to text messaging on the phone, it is better to use the chatspeak because those extra letters cost money, *sniggers* but when communicating via other medium, do try to make an effort to write in full and in proper grammar because not everyone can understand your (shortened) texts.

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It was great to go through your post. The information here is very useful and informative.

Yes, very wall said. Especially when it comes to a blog entry.

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I couldn't agree more! People need to step it up, and all the misspelling and bad grammar is killing me.

I can't agree more! I make the occasional mistake, but then again, we're all human. It's expected.
I think it's more of the way they write that gives it that individual tone. Some people make puns; others are dead serious; others just seem light-hearted :)

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Article: Importance of writing with proper grammar

Blogged by: Kitty on Wednesday, April 04, 2012   Facebook comments: comments

I initially wanted to blog about the importance of using proper grammar in social media, forums, online newsletters including blogs. However I'm afraid the blog would somehow diverge into bashing people for using incorrect grammar. And that would make sound mean. Then again I was never a 100% amiable person, and I doubt if there's any body who can claim to be so. You'd have to be either a super innocent bum or a complete pillock. So I'll just carry on with this toned down rant and hopefully I'll survive the bashing later.

Just to make things clear, I'm not a grammar Nazi and I don't intend to be one. Nor am I infallible, I do make mistakes occasionally; you'll find some mistakes or missing words all over the website but I assure you, they are all unintentional. And I'm not going to kill people over some misplaced commas or incorrect spellings.

What I can't tolerate is people who intentionally write in incoherent and improper grammar and a splash of misuse of capitalised letters. An example would be "i reiLLy Like this" or "hahas dis is nOt FuNNY". I don't see why I should take anyone seriously if they communicate in this way. It's one thing to try to decipher whatever the person is trying to say (I can't imagine what dyslexic people have to face) but also I just cannot treat the person who writes to me in this proper manner as someone from the intellectual circle. As I said, I'm not a perfect grammarian and I do allow certain variation of words to be used but when it comes to conveying messages to other people, I want my readers to understand the things I say and hence I make the effort to use proper and correct grammar (even if it doesn't always work).

I understand sometimes there's a need of adding in personal touch or tone into the lines. But words written in correct spelling and grammar can achieve the same effect. I've seen a lot of personal blogs written in flawless grammar and spellings and yet, still have the personal touch in them. In fact, before there's such thing as the internet, people took the effort to write (and still do, I believe) lengthy letters to their loved ones in PROPER grammar.

What about using chatspeak in social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace (do people still use this?), etc? Chatspeak to me is also a variation of incorrect use of spelling, "Tlkn lyk dis Is nOt tolratd". Some says it's all right because it is in informal conversation and everybody is doing it anyway. I even received this response from my brother, "nobody bothers to use proper language in Facebook anymore". He's quite right; a lot of people don't bother to type words in full anymore, and I say, well they damn should bother. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean you should too.

This applies to all languages, not just English. I do understand that sometimes when it comes to text messaging on the phone, it is better to use the chatspeak because those extra letters cost money, *sniggers* but when communicating via other medium, do try to make an effort to write in full and in proper grammar because not everyone can understand your (shortened) texts.

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Your Hub is really valuable to the internet community

Anonymous Outsource SEO Services said on April 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM
It was great to go through your post. The information here is very useful and informative.

Yes, very wall said. Especially when it comes to a blog entry.

Thank you sharing Kitty!


I couldn't agree more! People need to step it up, and all the misspelling and bad grammar is killing me.

I can't agree more! I make the occasional mistake, but then again, we're all human. It's expected.
I think it's more of the way they write that gives it that individual tone. Some people make puns; others are dead serious; others just seem light-hearted :)

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