I am curious, are they no longer teaching Proper English in schools anymore? Or am I just that old? Now, I am not saying I am an expert in the English Language and I do get confused on grammar, spelling and punctuation quite often. It has been a number of years since I have been to English Class and I have forgotten much. However, I have to wonder about today’s kids/young adults.
I have gotten a few comments on my blog, some I have deleted since I didn’t understand a word they were saying, that were horribly written. I am not saying you have to be perfect in your grammar and punctuation, but you can at least TRY, though I am assuming that they are actually teaching this stuff is schools still. I can only assume they are kids writing this stuff as I cannot imagine an adult that can’t even formulate a proper sentence complete with a capital letter in the beginning and a period at the end.
I continually see long run on sentences where you don’t know where one thought ends and one begins as well as endless non-words such as “u r”. Now, I have no problem abbreviating some things, I do it myself…but when most of your message consists of abbreviations, that is not good at all and detracts from the point you are trying to make.
It’s just not on blogs/internet either.
My brother in law is a professor at a college in Maryland. He stayed with us this past Easter weekend and he complained of receiving emails from his students containing the content I wrote about above. He and I both agreed that college students especially should be using proper letter form even in an email when you are writing to a professor (or a potential job) and yet they continue to send him one line emails asking a question with abbreviations. He finally started telling all his classes that if they are not in proper letter format with at least an attempt at proper grammar/spelling/punctuation then he will ignore them.
Take your time with comments, the comment box isn’t going anywhere, otherwise you will sound like an idiot at best and at worst not be taken seriously and made fun of and the point of your comment will be lost. There are plenty of books out there where you can learn proper sentence structure and I am sure you can get them at the library. You can also find that information on the internet as well.
In closing, I would like to just say that no matter what your age, learning proper grammar, spelling and punctuation will never go out of style.