Most of my writer friends are very good when it comes to grammar and spelling. Even most of their “quick and dirty” postings use proper English constructs, complete sentences, and decent grammar. It never ceases to amaze me however how poorly some people who call themselves ‘writers’ actually write.
I’m not saying they don’t know their subject matter, although sometimes that too is an issue. What I’m saying is that there seems to be a growing trend to skimp out on the editing in favor of just getting the information on-line. My friend Jeremy Ellwood put it succinctly, responding to the prevailing attitude:
“LAWLZ so what i can rite how i want”
Well, technically, yes you can. And you look like a 5-year old with a learning disability when you do.”
We can forgive Jeremy for beginning a sentence with a conjunction, the sentiment is spot-on. Maybe people simply don’t realize how sophomoric their prose appears when spelling and grammar is ignored.
Don’t look like a 5-year old with a learning disability. Check out Jeremy’s Guide to Grammar – The Internet and Cynicism.