Blogging Insights – New Format # 10

Dr Tanya at Salted Caramel is our hostess for the Blogging Insights series.
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Our quote today is

” What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar. ” — Ruth Rendell

One thing that annoyed a lot of us when we worked in the bank was the constant use of TLA (three letter abbreviations) and worse, being expected to know automatically what they stood for.
I do not do text speak, nor did I study shorthand at school or college. My spelling wasn’t much good, though my school report in 1964 said I had made a special effort to improve it.
I find myself getting annoyed though when reading something with a grammatical error I’m aware of, spelling, context, missing apostrophes, not knowing the difference between there, their or they’re, weather or whether, here or hear, etc.
I can understand bad handwriting………… mine in particular starts off pretty neat and legible but by the end of a couple of pages, it’s erratic, untidy and even I can’t read some of it. My head is ahead of my pen, so words are missed out or run in together, plus my arthritis makes holding a pen, or pencil for that matter, painful after only a short while now.
No-one seems to take a pride in the written word anymore. They let the computer auto spell check sort it out, often with amusing results, take it for granted that it’s right and don’t proof read anyway.

I read a book not so long ago that I was really getting into until there was a typing error so glaringly out of place, I lost the gist of the story. Added to that, the lead female’s name changed and I had to back track to find out who she was. I didn’t bother to finish the story.

My posts aren’t perfect, though I try to get my spelling right. I often read old posts to see how my style or format has changed and notice things I’d missed before, so correct them.
Better late than never I suppose.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Blogging Insights – New Format # 10

  1. I NEVER notice errors on your posts, Di. I think the world of ‘self publishing’ needs to pull its socks up sharply. They need EDITORS, and they need to pay those editors for what is a thankless and nit-picky job. I’ve gotten several e-books (because like you my hands don’t hold things well much any more) where there were a LOT of such stupid, common errors in spelling, grammar, words left out of a sentence, and the like, and I couldn’t finish them. One had at least ten within the first two pages and it got dumped immediately. TLA huh? I used to have to try to figure those out myself when I was working and if a bank or monetary institution has a lot of those, think what it was like to try to decipher what a doctor meant! 🤣 There were times when I could not decipher whatever they’d written and had to hand in a report or medical chart unfinished because of it. I still hear some of those three letter abbreviations and my head translates it into medical speak. 😅

  2. Absolutely! I’m with you, Di! If I can take pride in my spelling and grammar, having never seen print, then really there are no excuses!

  3. murisopsis says:

    I attempt to catch any errors but I’m not always perfect… but I try! I’ve not noticed any grammatical or spelling issues with your posts (except the differences between some of the slang terms you use in the UK that we don’t in the US). I always find your posts interesting!

  4. Sadje says:

    I never found any error in your grammar Di.

  5. Di, don’t sell yourself short please. I haven’t found any errors in all your posts that I have read.

    In the world of medicine, we are discouraged from using too many abbreviations as the same acronym can mean different things in different specialities.

  6. I review books on a site called Discovery and last week I chose a children’s book to review. The first sentence had an exclamation point in the middle of the sentence. There were then so many errors with punctuation that I couldn’t read it…On top of that the rhyming was so off that it was hard to read. I felt bad telling the truth but the book was pretty bad.

  7. pendantry says:

    I read a book not so long ago that I was really getting into until there was a typing error so glaringly out of place, I lost the gist of the story. Added to that, the lead female’s name changed and I had to back track to find out who she was. I didn’t bother to finish the story.

    This.

    The whole point of language is to communicate (despite the anti-grammar nazi brigade, many of whom, it appears to me, knee-jerk respond to anything that might be construed as criticism as an ‘attack’ – I blame the freedumbers). Me, I’m grateful when anyone points out mistakes I make, because if these aren’t highlighted then it’s impossible to improve.

    And* the whole point of a work of fiction is to entertain. The art of entertainment through writing requires the author to thoroughly immerse the reader in the illusion of ‘being there’, and keep them there. When an author (and/or editor) makes blatant grammatical (or, worse, consistency) blunders, that dispels the illusion and demonstrates that they need to take up something else, like bee-keeping perhaps.

    * Yes, I,m aware that, strictly speaking, I shouldn’t begin a sentence with a conjunction; but, in my book, you’re allowed to break the rules when you understand them, and know why you’re doing it.

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