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” 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.