Friday, June 22, 2012

Wilma, We're Losin' the Battle!

You know grammar is in trouble when the Wall Street Journal posts an article regarding the casual use of improper grammar and usage.  (And, yes, there is a difference in those two terms, and, no, it is not unacceptable to begin a sentence with "and," a practice that at one time would have meant an incomplete sentence.  The anticipatory "it" is also verboten, by the way.)

"Grammar Gaffes Invade the Office" was the sub-headline of the article.  I can see Wilma rolling her eyes as she reads about the inadequacies in the workplace, on Twitter, Facebook, or text-messaging.  When did we get so casual?  How does an English teacher compete anymore?

A friend is wont to end emails with "C U" and likes to refer to the President as P-BO.  I've gotten used to his shortcuts, understand the convenience, and in his case can excuse it because I KNOW he has the capacity to use the language when he chooses to do so.  Or wants to.  (Catch that?)

Maybe it only makes a difference to you and I.  To I, anyway.

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