Maybe it is just me, but the liking of proper grammar seems to be more popular now than it ever was. We have self-appointed “Grammar Nazis” and “Grammar Police” patrolling the Internet and pointing out mistakes. Sometimes these educational moments are not as polite as one would hope.
Simple. This is proof that the Internet is still a content game, not an image one. As we discussed in Images are King, but Content is Queen keywords, tagging, descriptions and titles still rule the world, or at least blogging and social media. Even with the advancement of image-heavy social media outlets, the content is what drives the site, even if behind the scenes.
Do people call one another? No, they text. They instant message. They chat. They use their words. Yes, abbreviations are popular and some messages are just images or emoticons, but in the thick of it all, the words win. Grammar wins. Or those grammar folks are at least giving images and writing mistakes a run for their money.
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In the first blog you may have read the Importance of Grammar in all careers, not just those who depend on grammar specifically. However, what happens if even one of those grammar careers experiences a problem? The issue is that much higher. Here are the details an educational system must focus on in order to put the best foot forward, grammar and otherwise.
- Misspellings are Distracting: If I had misspelled any of these words would you be able to read on? Or would the error fester in the back of your mind making it so no information was ever retained? Well, schools should certainly strive for zero typos, because how can you enforce education if one cannot grasp the importance of proofreading?
- Duplication is Obnoxious: Duplication is obnoxious. See? If you are creating an education plan and have duplicated reading in two separate sections or have unfortunately included the exact same lesson on two separate pages, the words suddenly lose their meaning. Be concise. It’s important.
- Deliver Important Information and Nothing Else: When learning feedback is not only crucial, but mandatory. With a quiz or test, feedback can determine the absorption of appropriate information. Use that time wisely to accurately explain the problem with the answer. Saying the answer is wrong is already unspoken. Please see item number two.
As you can see, no one is exempt from proper grammar, especially an educational system. Did I miss any, or are there specific interactions you would like to share? If so, please comment!
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Whether in marketing, writing books or even teaching a class, proper grammar is not only appreciated but expected. However, what about the rest of the world? What about the other careers out there? Grammar is not restricted to the aforementioned careers, but should be used by all. Here are the reasons why:
- It Lends Credibility: Remembering which “to, two or too” to use may not save lives, but if you are communicating with a new guest, a new client or even a shareholder and happen to use the wrong version of the word, it could paint you in a different light than you would want.
- It Shows Attention to Detail: In this day and age details are incredibly important. If you remember a coworker’s birthday you will brighten his or her day. If you remember which section of your web code to place the period, you could save the client and your company a huge headache. If you remember to use proper spelling in your writing, even if just an email or text message, you are proving to everyone details matter.
- It Adds Clarity: If a shareholder cannot understand the word choice you used in an email it could mean huge problems. When your readers, even of minor things like interdepartmental communications, can’t understand what you intended to say, you could potentially create a mountain out of a molehill.
Are there any reasons for grammar not mentioned? If so, please comment with your suggestions!
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