Who would have thought that scanning the #grammar hashtag on Twitter could be entertaining? Today, I ease-dropped and whoa, the honesty. It must be one of those days.
Thank you, people, for making grammar a little more interesting on a dreary, Monday afternoon- the day after spring break. I ate popcorn, pet the dog, and kicked back to read your stuff instead of focusing on my own. For a moment, I forgot that I’m ridiculed at home for hanging on to my Blackberry because I fear giving up buttons and typing accuracy. Just reading Will’s post below reminds me why grammar and spelling seem so important.
Are you judged when you write social media content?
Yup. Er, I mean, “Yes, you are judged.”
Is that so bad?
Well, that depends on who you are. If you’re the President, it’s a plus if your people are nearly perfect communicators.
If you’re a vampire looking to impress a date, you need to be on your best grammar behavior.
If you’re a celebrity, the beating for a writing faux pas could be so bad that you might find yourself in a post entitled, The Thirteen Celebrities with the Worst Grammar on Twitter. Grammar gaffs are almost as embarrassing as tripping on your dress at awards shows. But then, if you’re a celeb, you know that any PR is good PR.
What if you’re a writer and you- gasp- spell something wrong or miss a punctuation mark? Your brilliant mind might never be discovered. You, my friend, might even end up on the Famous Thinkers Who Couldn’t Spell list with Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Yeats. Oh, the ridicule. Take time to look at your spelling and grammar checker before hitting send. Inevitably, most of us judge and are judged by how we write.
Thankfully, almost everyone is compassionate to youngsters, wounded warriors, and the elderly who struggle to communicate. We cheer them on- ignoring conventions.
That’s the best in us.
Why don’t we extend this grace to others?
I don’t know.
I do know that we give magnanimous gifts when we encourage rather than discourage.
And, we could all use a little grammar grace now and then.