Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Facebook should give grammar lessons

Seriously, I think if they did, people might actually obtain basic grammar skills.

Today’s lesson:

Your = possessive

As in: Show me your boobs!

You’re = YOU + ARE

As in: You’re an idiot. OR You’re gay.

Were = past form of “to be”

As in: We were totally hammered.

We’re = WE + ARE

As in: We’re totally breaking up.

 

I really don’t think it’s that hard, and I’m really tired of seeing shit like this go on.  Lots of people will say, “Relax, it’s just Facebook.” But these sort of sloppy writing skills will leak into one’s everyday life and eventually show up on an official email or job application, or worse yet, a cover letter.  If you’re spelling the same words wrong time and time again, why should anyone believe you know how to spell them right at all?  How unprofessional.  If you can’t take the time to proofread two lines before hitting ENTER on your Facebook status, why should you expect to be taken seriously elsewhere? 
And don’t bring up spellcheck, either.  Spellcheck wouldn’t notice your/you’re errors or if you typed is instead of in, much editing is still required by a human.  And what if you’re in a situation where you have to write something WITHOUT using a computer?  You probably don’t want to look like an idiot in that situation either.  Getting into the habit of poor grammar, or simply not knowing in the first place, does not translate well into everyday life.  So take a few minutes, and familiarize yourself with the grammar rules of your native language, as well as a few basic spellings while you’re at it.

2 comments:

deedub said...

Nice.

Lojo Beautiful said...

Hahaha. Completely agree, however, you are overestimating the average human by a long shot. Aime for mildly retarded and you will find yourself less disappointed in people.