I must be getting old. I get very grouchy when I see so many glaring grammatical mistakes.
My pet hate is the misused apostrophe. Almost daily I will see someone writing “photo’s”. Why would you write “photo’s” when you wouldn’t ever write “chocolate’s”…or “house’s”…or “bottle’s of wine”?
This, of course, is just one example of common grammatical errors. Other frequent confusions include the differences between your and you’re, they’re, there and their, it’s and its, and loose and lose.
Incorrect grammar and spelling seems to be popping up in so many places that it shouldn’t. I’ve seen work in professional publications and websites that is all wrong.
It’s interesting to consider why the grammar police are so busy these days. Is it down to the evolution of the English language? In the last couple of years the following words and phrases have been added to Oxford Dictionaries Online: death stare, food coma and guac (yes, the shortened version of guacamole now has its own entry).
While this evolution is certainly playing a part, I believe the current trend of loose grammar involves various other factors and certainly is not due to a lack of intelligence.
I know people who are incredibly bright, but who can’t spell for the life of them. I also remember lecturers from my university days who were so full of knowledge it was almost seeping out of every pore – they may have been grammatically correct, but could they engage a group of students? They sometimes bored people to tears with their dismal, lacklustre delivery.
In a similar sense, there will be those who write with flair, but see prioritising grammar and spelling as getting ‘down in the weeds’ rather than just getting the message across. Unfortunately if something is written with too many inaccuracies, the meaning can be somewhat skewed.
People will undoubtedly have differing views on the points that I’ve raised. However, if nothing else, they should certainly give rise to some interesting discussions – people are surprisingly passionate when it comes to grammar!
My husband always says a story should begin or end with a crusty old fella’s quote. So here we are:
“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”
- Winston Churchill