LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Windsor Star last Friday, September 5, 2008. It reflects the reason why I write this blog.
Re: letters to the editor from Dave Banwell and Krysten Grimes.
Because I have been writing a daily blog for the last year and a half that is highly critical of professional writers and newscasters, particularly those working for the local media who make grammar or punctuation mistakes, I cannot resist commenting on two “Letters to the Editor”.
I challenge the premise implied by Mr. Banwell that regionalism allows varying rules for grammar and spelling so there is no right or wrong in the use of language. To accept this is to say errors are acceptable. Regional usage does not alter correctness. Evolution of language must always better communication, not drag it down into some abyss of expediency.
We should strive to be correct at all times because communication is based on understanding. If communication is incorrect, understanding is impeded or non-existent. We should not accept the basest level of language usage as evolution because that notion panders to and promotes ignorance.
Ms. Grimes is absolutely correct when she says that if we accept commonly misspelled words as “variants” no one will ever learn to spell and use grammar properly. I applaud her for such a point of view.
I work on very simple premises: if a word is misspelled, I cannot understand the word; if grammar is incorrect, I cannot comprehend the sentence; if punctuation is incorrect, I might misinterpret the message.
I, as a reader or listener, should not be bombarded with a constancy of error and then be told that that is evolution or communication. I should not have to intuit the meaning being presented. It takes some effort and some pride to communicate correctly. I do not accept backsliding in the name of expediency or evolution.
We work at being the very best we can be in sports, in performing and when we are working. We should also work to the same ideal when we are communicating.
The following comment was sent to this blog on Friday by ANONYMOUS. Read it and determine the number of errors it contains. Correct the errors.
“I think you must hate Shakespeare. He spelled the same words differently and made up over 1700 words. This over a timespan of how many years? Funnily enough, the audiences of the day were able to understand what he was saying, apparently unimpeded. Perhaps you are just dense!!”
Anonymous, “Blog Comment”, Friday, September 5, 2008.
Today’s word is “contemptuousness“.
Define “contemptuousness” and use it in a sentence.