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By: Jo/GaelicWench

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 21:44:49 +0000

With only a HS diploma, followed by 4 years in the military, in my back pocket, I make sure to maintain good grammar, spelling and punctuation. Correct syntax plays an important role if you want to be taken seriously when seeking a job. Like your older son, after I married into the military, my active duty husband would correct my grammar. However, unlike your son, I would not be offended; quite the contrary. I didn't realize I was using double negs, improperly placed pronouns,incorrect adverbs and mixing present and past tenses. Fortunately, spelling was NEVER an issue. This was a clear indicator that I hadn't made the effort to retain what I learned in my 12th grade English class. I later found out it was because I was ADD. So, whenever my husband corrected me, I made sure to remember to use it correctly. This was 28 years ago. To this day, I still remember those lessons. I have two kids; both have a college education. I find it interesting that now and then they use incorrect grammar and correct them on it. I get the "Mom, I don't worry about how I write when I am on Instant Messaging" talk-down. Yes, it's definitely the texting generation we're dealing with. I take immense appreciation and pleasure that I've continued to educate myself, despite the lack of a college degree. Everyday for me it's a learning experience. I make sure to remind my kids that education continues even after college graduation.

By: Cindy M

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 14:50:49 +0000

Wow, you really touch a nerve with me along similar lines. As a medical transcriber, I can tell you hard-and-fast grammar rules are apparently very much subject to change, and most definitely not for the better. You cannot imagine what comes out of the mouths of the younger physicians when dictating medical records. I'm charged with transcribing verbatim the incredibly stupid things they say on a daily basis. My work is checked for quality control, and I have been docked for correcting grammar mistakes that I can actually back up with the latest rule book because of this verbatim thing. No more the days when a medical records supervisor had guts enough to sit a doctor/PA/nurse down in her office and instruct him he needs to dictate good English or maybe hire a good PA to do the dictation for him/her so it's done properly for the record. Please understand I'm not talking about the docs who have English as a second language, either; on the whole, they do a much better job of communicating than American-born and bred folks. It's all about how fast things can be done because apparently in this country, money and turnaround time are the only things that matter. American medical records are being sent to places like India, Pakistan, Barbados, etc., also, by the way; anyplace where they can be transcribed quickly and cheaply.

By: Gail

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 12:08:48 +0000

My mother was always correctly my English but she (and my father) were also the ones that kept moving the family so that I ended up going to many different schools and missed a lot of basic English. Since then I have gone to college and nursing school where I had to learn to write correctly and clearly. I'm also dyslexic so that trips me up many times. My hubby and I have a whole booksehelve dedicated to reference works and dictionaries so that we have no excuse for not looking up words we don't know or understand in context. The point to all that is I try very hard! What I have trouble with though, are those that try to sell on line and ask people to critique their stores and when you mention their very poor spelling, grammar, writing skills they take great offense and state that it doesn't matter. As far as they are concerned no one coming to their store will judge them based on how they have written their descriptions of the items they want to sell. I beg to differ with that thought. I think they are just too lazy to try or to get help. Unfortunately you can't convince them and they go on wondering why no one buys from them. Granted even the biggest on line corporations have mispellings, etc. sneak into their presentations but they know that it is imperative to write well to garner customers. We have a lot of basically illiterate people coming down the pike and those that have a good command of the English language (or whatever their native tongue is) will be miles ahead of the pack when raises and promotions are handed out. I have even seen machine embroidery designs with phrases in them that are up for sale mis-spelled! The other day I suggested that my one son start an online business of proofreading others websties and blogs as he is such a good speller and very good at catching the mistakes in grammar. Those who care about such things I would think would be happy to pay a free lance editor to help them out.

By: charlie

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 02:09:11 +0000

The most successful people are those who can communicate effectively in a broad range of social environments. Think of any president, hob-nobbing with foreign dignitaries and factory workers alike. For this reason (and no other) an impressive vocabulary and grammatical coherence matter. In certain environments one will garner favor by communicating in the classical "correct" and "eloquent" way. In other situations, it can be a net negative. I would gently correct the older son just so he knows the deal, but his knack for the vernacular might serve him well.

By: Debbie M

Sat, 30 Jan 2010 01:41:21 +0000

I am a big fan of standard English only because it is a universal language. This is the one everyone tries to learn. So, when you are trying to communicate with people and you don't know them or you can't see their faces (or hear them asking you questions) such as with a resume or manual, standard English is the way to go. However, being bi- or tri-lingual is also handy. Text talk lets you write more in the same time. And other variants can help tie you to others.

By: jefffou

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 18:44:53 +0000

One belief that I mistakenly held upon entering into the business world was that there was a very high correlation between folks who could think and folks who could talk. I have recently decided that the correlation is not as high as I had first believed. What I eventually decided, though, was that if I could be fooled into believing that, so could others. Therefore, as parents of three, my wife and I have decided that with effective communication skills, our children be perceived to be better thinkers than they are! My kids are all pretty sharp, and will be fine in the world. However, they'll be selling themselves in this world just like the rest of us.

By: brian

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 13:57:39 +0000

Can we have the sentence in question please?

By: sewingirl

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 01:52:49 +0000

Case in point : we have a washing machine at work that does not work. Someone very neatly printed a sign out that said " Do not use - washer is broke" I ignored it for a few days, then I just couldn't resist, I wrote in at the bottom "most washers don't carry much cash!"

By: Ann

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:32:27 +0000

In my younger years, I had a boss who drove my fellow professionals (CPA's) crazy. He would sit down and go over a report with us word-by-word, sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by paragraph, concept-by concept. Truth be told, I didn't mind in the least because the ending report was tight, concise, grammatical and so clear that an idiot could understand it. For anyone who's had to deal with an instruction book that isn't, the value is self-evident. One of the handiest little books I ever read, which I've subsequently given to a number of subordinates, is Strunk and White's "Elements of Style". Nice, humorous refresher course on the stuff that tends to drive us crazy. Like it or not, we are judged based on how we speak and write. I've tossed resumes in the "no" pile because of bad grammar. If you can't pay attention to spelling and grammar in something as important as a resume (first impression), chances are pretty good you won't pay attention to the details in your job... and my people had a lot of details in their daily responsibilities. Extensive vocabularies are nice (and help in the effort to be clear and concise), but grammar is a must.

By: Louis Russo

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 22:00:21 +0000

This is me blushing. I noticed after submitting my comments that I spelled "incorrectly" incorrectly. I also missed the spacing between "do" and "with". PROOFREAD!