My dear Gentle Readers, I have an itch that needs scratching. An issue that needs to be addressed, a wrong that needs to be righted.
Actually, it's more like having a burr stuck to the butt of my pants. And it chafes.
Many people say that the hallmark of civilization is the ability to differentiate good from evil, right from wrong, vanilla extract from imitation vanilla additive. I say it's the ability to recognize when you need to use punctuation and capitalization.
If that's true, then we are all going to Hell in a handbasket, and fast.
I cannot tell you how many times I have logged onto Facebook or Twitter and been slapped in the face with this:
"going to the zoo. wanna see the polar bears giraffes and lions but not sure if their out yet whoohoo!!!!!"
Let's just forget about the atrocious spelling for a moment (Use Spellcheck, people. That's what it was invented for.) and focus on what else is wrong with this little blurb. I'm not trying to be snotty and preachy, but for the love of Cheetos, can we please all agree that the above sort of posting makes a person look less than brilliant? I understand that not everyone excels in English class or has a top-notch education, I do. But I see this sort of thing from many, many people- some of who I know know better.
It's just sheer laziness.
I'm going to take a moment to sound like an 80 year old and say that you wouldn't have caught your grandparents writing like this.
It seems like along with the dwindling trend of hand-written letters, our carelessness in correspondence has grown. I'm not saying we need to return to the days of "thou" "thy" and "You knave!" but it would be lovely to see people take a little pride in their communication with others.
Let's not forget two things.
Number One: The first impression is a lasting one. If I see you online forgoing punctuation and capitalization, I will assume either you are a lazy, shiftless sort (Because, really, how hard is it to add a damn period?) or your four year old has hacked your account.
Number Two: The Internet is forever. Forever. Do you really want to have that sort of thing out there, defining you to people who don't know you personally, forever? I'm just saying you should think about it.
Well, that concludes my rant...er...post for today.
In summary, you are what you write. If your comments, updates and blogs are filled with grammatical errors, people will draw the conclusion that either you have a moody, unstable smart phone (All is forgiven.) or that you can't be bothered to take the time and put forth the effort to present yourself as an educated person who cares if others think you are a dope. Please at least attempt to use proper spelling and correct grammar. If not for me, then do it for your first grade teacher.
You have no idea how annoying first-graders can be. It's a miracle that both you and she survived the year, okay?
What's your pet peeve? The thing that gets you going, that puts a bee in your bonnet and the itch in your palm to smack some sense into someone?