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In this era of abbreviated texts and 140-character tweets, when it seems that most of us can’t be bothered to write out two- or three-letter words such as “for” or “to” or capitalize the first word of a sentence — does the careful, correct use of language even matter?
Thankfully, yes. And I’m not the only one who says so — I got a chuckle out of this “Texting or not. Grammar still matters” cartoon recently posted on imgur.com.
If the message matters, the words matter — on the job, in business, at school, in life.
Think about what good writing can do for you: A clearly written complaint letter can rectify an injustice. A sharp press release can generate positive news coverage for a struggling small business. A well-written essay can mean the difference between passing a class or being accepted at one’s college of choice — or not. On the other hand, a single misspelling can land a resume in the trash. A hastily written email can cause misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
I will devote this space to all the right words. Future posts will offer writing tips and tricks: I’ll show how to avoid apostrophe pitfalls and grammar gaffes. I’ll point out examples of words gone wrong and sentences gone askew. I’ll also offer practical step-by-step advice, such as how to write a press releases or structure an article or essay. And I’ll do my best to answer your writing, grammar, and punctuation questions.
And I’d love your input. I look forward to your thoughts, notes, suggestions, and examples.
P.S. As far as the pop quiz, yes, it’s a trick question. Who wants to explain why?
Write on —
Maryann Hammers — your solution for all writing and editing needs