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So at the risk of sounding old, I’m writing my blog today about what might possibly be the days of yore.

Remember when people knew how to spell and that ‘skill’ was considered important?  What happened?

With communication now focused more on being instant than clear or correct, it seems that the skill of spelling has gone out the window.  With texting comes a whole new language and new set of rules.  I get that, but it seems these rules (or really lack of rules) are creeping into other forms of communication too.

Is it okay that company communication materials have spelling mistakes and that no attention is paid to how social media updates are written? Even resumes that I see for people who cite skills like “attention to detail” and “superior written communication” are riddled with spelling errors, formatting mistakes, etc.

Obviously mistakes happen and errors get missed but it just seems that more and more the attitude is that it doesn’t really matter.  Am I just being an old curmudgeon or does anyone else find this to be an issue?

While I’m ranting a little here, remember when spelling bees were done in schools and not on TV??

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2 responses to “Remember When”

  1. Toria says:

    You are certainly not alone in thinking this way. I’m one of the few under-25s that insists on using proper grammar, punctuation, capitalization, etc. no matter what I’m working on or who I’m emailing. Some of my cousins actually tried to teach me how to use ChatSpeak and I was physically unable to do it, which I found amusing; they found it oddly exasperating.

    There was a tourism booklet put out by the local municipal government here, giving advice on things to see and do during the summer in our small town. I found no less than thirty typos in that booklet, and it really made me wonder if anyone had even bothered to go through and check for them. I’ve also had to get used to the fact that my boss, who I believe is in his thirties, has absolutely no problem with using ‘lol’ when emailing a client. Should I find it worrisome that as time goes on, it makes me want to tear my hair out less and less?

    Anyways, thank you for writing this. It’s nice to be reminded every now and again that not everyone has a complete disregard for the English language.

  2. jamie kelln says:

    It’s nice to know that someone under the age of 25 insists on writing properly. Maybe grammar isn’t a dying trend after all!

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