As many of you know, my second major was in English. While I focused on the creative writing and literature aspects, my grammatical education wasnâ€™t completely neglected. But the little written mistakes that are like fingernails on a chalkboard to me are so elementaryâ€¦.in fact, these concepts were taught in public elementary school, as I recall.
I see this one a lot in escort ads: â€œIâ€™m a Sophisticated, Elegant, Lady of Distinction.â€ She may be distinguished but her education and editing skills are lacking. I know Iâ€™m being a little bit catty but if I were about to spend hundreds of dollars just for the pleasure of making a new acquaintance, Iâ€™d want one with at least functional literacy. (I’m picky.) Ladies, if itâ€™s not a proper name there is no reason for a capital.
Then thereâ€™s rampant misspelling of words, and not just in the escort community. It seems people believe that â€œextremeâ€ is actually â€œxtremeâ€ or even â€œxtreemâ€. Many people confuse the word â€œsightâ€ (as in vision) with â€œsiteâ€ (as in place). Thereâ€™s the ever-popular â€œtheirâ€ for â€œtheyâ€™reâ€. And, oh yes, â€œfotoâ€ for â€œphotoâ€.
My biggest loathing concerns the misuse of the old â€˜apostrophe sâ€™. It seems no one remembers that long ago lesson in plurals and possessives. Iâ€™ve seen this error on billboards, no less. Folks, if itâ€™s a plural, in most cases all you have to do is add an â€œsâ€. Save the apostrophe for â€œit isâ€ or â€œit ownsâ€. Donâ€™t ask me why this error makes me rabid, save for the fact that itâ€™s the simplest rule to remember and yet the most common and widespread of any grammatical errors Iâ€™ve noticed.
Thereâ€™s a lot more I could rant about, including a huge array of syntax problems. I think these three biggies will do for now.
Iâ€™m certainly not perfect, even though I edit obsessively. Iâ€™m capable of creating convoluted sentences worthy of Yoda. For some reason, I put the word â€œjustâ€ in almost every sentence. I just donâ€™t get the sloppiness behind these very simple errors and why no one seems to see a problem with putting out work (with their name on it), that is so obviously substandard. Itâ€™s to the point that in another 10 years, anyone who can write a proper sentence will be able to command high fees for their writing ability. (Yes, I can hope!)