Are any of you as frustrated with the decline of the English language as we are here at BoomerCafé? Well, we just found out, we’re not alone. Leslie Handler of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, wants to straight things out. By shouting, Call The Grammar Police. Paleeze!
Sup w u? Ur sis called. C u 2nite.
This was a recent text I sent. I may be a boomer, but I can still text with the best of ‘em… as long as I’m still allowed to write when it’s necessary. I do worry; however, that proper grammar is becoming a completely lost art.
I recently read an essay written on the topic of the abandonment of the essay in the SAT college entrance exams. It got me thinking about the state of the written word today.
I love writing. It’s a passion. But I do understand that for many, it’s a painful source of frustration. As I write this, I keep thinking about my own grammatical issues. I have a problem with tenses. I know there’s a past, present, and future tense, but did you know that there are others? There’s the simple present, the present perfect, the present continuous, and even the present perfect continuous. That’s just for starters.
I have a terrible time with these. Thank God I have an awesome editor who makes me look good, because it can get intense (pun totally intended). But as bad as I am at grammar, I now realize that there are others who are much worse than I (please note: I did not write “much worse than me”).
If your grammar is bad theirs always someone worse and if your good at it thats because this sentence drives you crazy.
There are six errors in that sentence. As I said, I can be just as guilty as the next guy when it comes to poor grammar, but I’ve been amazed at the common errors I’ve seen out in public lately. If you ask me, some of them show just a little too much cleavage.
The following is a sign I recently saw posted online:
Seat Belts must be worn
Doors must be shut
Its the Law
And how about this one:
Perfection has It’s Price
How would you like to order this off the breakfast menu?
Includes eggs, toast and orange juice.
I don’t know about you, but I like my toast dry and not mixed in with my OJ.
I wonder if the writers of the following sentences understood the meaning of what was actually written.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.
For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The last three really make me laugh, but at the same time, they make me sad. In an era in which the teaching of keyboarding has replaced the teaching of cursive, has texting replaced grammar? What am I to think when I go to buy fish and they tell me that it’s “fresh frozen?” Well is it fresh, or is it frozen? And what about the infomercial touting their product as “genuine faux?” Is it genuine or not?
Test your skills on a few of my pet peeves.
Is it “affect” or “effect?”
Should you use “like” or “such as?”
“All of a sudden” or “all of the sudden?”
“Who” or “Whom?”
The good news is, my spell check tried to correct most of the errors in the bloopers I used in this piece. The bad news is, it only caught most of them.
Leslie Handler is freelance essayist for Newsworks of Philadelphia and a blogger for The Huffington Post.