Re-Post: Some Words of Wisdom from Grammar Gurus
My first boss, who happened to be one of the most talented writers I have ever met, said it best: If you want to go far in life, learn to write well. In fact, he was such a writing enthusiast, he once had the HR manager purchase grammar books for the entire staff. Although I still carry his wisdom with me (along with that book), I have to admit that following the rules of writing isn’t always easy to do. This is especially true in PR, where pushing out casual, concise and immediate content across social media platforms too often takes precedence over stopping to look up the proper placement for that comma.
Given my own ongoing struggles with this, I find it greatly amusing whenever a new, impassioned plea for better writing pops up in my inbox or on one of my favorite blogs. In an ode to my first boss, here is an excerpt from one article that landed in my inbox just this morning, along with some other highly recommended reading, after the jump:
“Though the casual tone of blogging has allowed us to be less formal with the written word, it doesn’t mean we can simply ignore the fundamental rules of writing and grammar. The occasional typo can be brushed off as an innocent oversight, but there are some writing errors that are just plain unforgivable.”
Want to know what those errors are? Check out the full article, aptly titled “12 Unforgivable Writing Mistakes,” here.
“Lots of people confuse silicon used for computer chips with silicone used for breast implants. Lots of rational people sometimes suffer word identity crises, and sometimes the rationale is that English is not their first language. Lots of people write the way they talk, in tortured lines of illogic and allusions only they understand.”
The author goes on to compare good grammar to pornography. See for yourself.
Finally, I encourage everyone to check out Eats Shoot & Leaves by Lynne Truss. This is the book my boss gave to each of his employees. It’s a bestseller and a great resource for any writer to have.
Got any grammar tips or tricks? Feel as strongly as some of these bloggers about the grammar mistakes you come across or make? Do share!