In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?
More importantly, have you read them?
How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?
I think the only grammar or style books I have are in the boxes of textbooks I still have from college. I haven’t really read them. I just use them when I need to look something up. Lately, it’s just as easy to look things up online when I can’t remember a specific rule of grammar.
I think grammar is pretty important. Here on my blog and on Twitter, I’m not completely anal retentive about it because I don’t have time to read every post a bajillion times before posting. This is my “fun” writing. As such, I give the same consideration to other blogs and twitter feeds. However, once the grammar gets so bad that I have to stop and think about what someone is trying to say, I tend to stop reading. One thing that bugs me A LOT is when people put in commas randomly in sentences where they don’t belong. My brain is trained to pause at a comma so I have to go back and read a sentence again if you stick one in where it doesn’t belong.
One place I’m always surprised and dismayed to see lazy grammar is in professional communication. Resumes, cover letters, flyers for businesses, emails at work, and letters should be read over with a fine-toothed comb. I have worked with people who had such poor grammar that I was surprised their resumes actually made it past the first cut. This is something that needs more emphasis in schools. Students might be used to communicating through texts and Twitter, but they will be judged by their grammar when trying to obtain gainful employment.