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Spelling errors and Grammar Police, Bastion of Bigotry?

By Edited May 23, 2016 0 0

When you see a spelling error on an article, how do you feel? If an "s" is omitted and at the end of a word, do you stop reading or do you feel it can happened to anyone and just keep reading. There are those who read and concentrate on the ideas and pay little attention to spelling errors. Others don't take too kindly to errors of any type. They feel an article is not worth reading if the writer cannot be bothered to write correctly. Is it true that an article full of errors is not worth reading? That is probably not always true. Take for example parents, they would be so happy if their child were to write words like these "momi, tank yu fo my bicicle I am very hapy"

Do you think the mother who receives this message will be too bothered about the errors? Wouldn't she be moved to tears by the gratitude of her child? Does it mean she didn't see the spelling errors? Of course she saw the errors but it didn't matter because she understood the message the child was trying to convey.

You might argue that it was a child and he should not be held to the same level of accountability like an adult. That is true, but it does show that the message can still be conveyed through an article with spelling errors or grammatical errors.

Why are some people so full of themselves when it comes to grammar? Why are they aloof and why do they go on a ego trip just to prove they are right? Are there people who are really sensitive to spelling errors and grammar errors like some people are sensitive to cold? Is it a natural inclination or are they bigots? There is an element of both. Let us look at history to help us understand how a living language is shaped by daily events.

What is now considered American English were spelling errors in the past. Why would you write "program" when in fact it was originally written as "programme"? Why is "color" not written as "colour"? When Americans took those errors and formalized it into a standard that is now called American English. Should the British be bigots about this and tell Americans to desist from calling it American English? That will obviously be ridiculous. This does show that what might be considered today as errors might one day become formalized and integrated into the standard language.

However, it can be a little irritating when you have to read an article full of errors. Nevertheless, there is no need to be overtly critical. There are a lot of people who blog or write for website but they still cannot tell the difference between "its and it's". There are others who find it hard when they have to use "could and would". They wonder if it is conditional, past tense or a guess work.

The use of words and grammar has shifted over the years. Words there were grammatically wrong are now accepted. This highlight the fact that English like many languages in the world is not dead. It keeps evolving and tries to keep up with the times and modern usage. Some years ago, how many people knew what internet and chatting were? How many people knew what broadband was? Those words have entered common usage and form part of our daily vocabulary. Once upon a time, it was not correct to end a sentence with a preposition. Those days are gone and you could basically do what you want to a reasonable degree. How many people knew what "LOL" meant a few years ago? Of course you wouldn't use such acronyms in formal writing. The idea is that technology has enriched our vocabulary and has created challenges for grammarians. They have to contend with the ever changing world and new words entering the English language. At the same time, they want to preserve the core of the language from arbitrary usage. Can you remember when "Bootylicious" entered the English language? You might be wondering how it ever made it into reputable dictionaries. That is the beauty of a living language. Who knows what the future hold?

How good is your English? Which of the sentences is correct? Are both sentences wrong?

I am hungry I could eat a cow – I am hungry I would eat a cow

So, what do you think of the movie? – So what do you think of the movie?

I hate coffee, tea, lemon, and soda - I hate coffee, tea, lemon and soda

I am in love with me – I am in love with myself

Its very cold in the north pole - it's very cold in the north pole

If I knew he was coming, I would have stayed - If I knew he was coming, I will have stayed

May I help you with the list – Can I help you with the list.

I would love to go to that concert – I will love to go to concert

I am a better player than john – I am a better player like john

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