Grammar rules again

6 Apr

I think I hit a nerve yesterday with my post Grammar rules. I got the second highest number of visitors in one day to my blog in its two plus years of existence. And, several of you commented.  First, let me say thanks for checking it out, and second, let me issue a plea to everyone who works with words, spoken or written, pay attention! Make grammar, spelling and proper usage a priority in your communications.

The response made it clear that many people are irritated by the lack of care we are seeing in English usage. Please take a look at the comments to the post to see what different people are experiencing.

What is not so clear is the reason behind the lapse in grammar. Is it laziness? Is it improper/insufficient instruction? Is is sheer ignorance? What do you think?

How do we change this? Mignon Fogarty, “Grammar Girl,” gives seminars on grammar across the country. She has also written a couple of books on the subject. But how do we get people to a) realize they need to improve their grammar and b) learn what they are doing wrong?

Please let me know your ideas. I am so frustrated when I see my colleagues and otherwise educated folk use English so poorly.

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One Response to “Grammar rules again”

  1. Sharon Fisher April 7, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Lisa, thank you so much for stating what should be the obvious. In a discipline supposedly made up of communication professionals, it is appalling to see the abuse and disregard for proper English not only in marketing communications, but also in newspapers, magazines and, certainly, in the spoken word. Here’s to a resurgence of good grammar!

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