In defense of grammar, spelling and punctuation

I was just reading a post on LinkedIn about how different generations in the workplace communicate – or not.

I didn’t finish it. It got really long, and I admit, I lost interest. In the comments (sometimes I like them better than the post) there was criticism of improper contractions and spelling. Nitpicky? Maybe. But not wrong.

One commenter – an intern – bashed those concerned about writing quality. He suggested the mistakes were intentional and reflected the way a younger person would speak. This is the internet, he said, get used to it. He added the day the word ain’t was added to the dictionary, the English language died.

I think he was saying if we are too concerned about quality, we might miss out on great content. I know I’m not the only one who thinks that to be taken seriously, you can’t have one without the other. And I don’t believe the English language is dead.

These days, anyone can publish, but it doesn’t mean they should.

At least use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling when using a professional networking site.

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About imaleda

My username, imaleda, was created using the name of my Swedish grandmother, Aleda Olson, whom I never got to meet. Curiosity about her is what prompted me to delve into my family's history. I have written for a newspaper for a number of years, but recently I have started writing for myself about my interests. To me, everything is a story. "When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am..." ---Mya Angelou
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