- Jan 30, 2007
"Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The Bible; and don't sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon." - Professor Henry HigginsApparently auto correct needs spelling/ grammar Nazis?
I will chime in briefly on that topic: I try to keep my inner grammar Nazi in check, but I am dismayed by how poor grammar is becoming in general. Reading stuff on the internet is particularly depressing. I also find errors in printed books and magazines, though. We used to be better than this. There are lots of reasons, but many of them are political, so I will stay off my soap box. I also understand many errors can be attributed to:
So now I try to check avatars for posters' locations and remember that some people have fingers as fat as mine and can't find the right letters on their phones.
- non-native speakers of English (I really appreciate your using English, I'd be embarrassed to attempt your language, whatever it is)
- auto-correct for spelling
- typing on a phone for spelling and using the wrong punctuation
This past week I watched both "Pygmalion" and "My Fair Lady". Your thoughts made me think of one of my favorite lines in the films. Well stated sir!
And lest any here think or feel otherwise, know that I do not think myself a wordsmith in the least. Lord knows I make enough mistakes just writing out a shopping list!