Day 9 Of 30 Days Of Real

There are usually two types of people when it comes to education. People who are math and science lovers and people who are English and literature lovers. In college I decided to major in Theatre until I realized there was no career in Theatre and that I needed a real profession, but one that I could be passionate about. I wanted to write. I thought journalism would be a good profession. I transferred from the junior college I was attending down in Safford AZ up to NAU to pursue a journalism career. I wanted to be a reporter and eventually anchor in a top market somewhere in a coastal city. 

Life happens and sometimes even if you get your degree and work in the field of your choice, it takes you in directions you least expect it to. You meet the love of your life, have children and settle down and become a work at home mother. 

What does this all have to do with the “30 days of Real” you ask? It’s about grammar and spelling and my inherent need to tell a person their mistakes, when I should just leave well enough alone.

Day 9 of 30 Days of Real:

Blatant spelling and grammar mistakes are like that talking Tide stain commercial. 

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In Journalism school, writing is very important. It’s almost like taking English language classes all over again and the style of writing is very different from how you wrote in high school. With all that in my brain, when I see a blatant error, I assume one of two things. They have no idea how to write, or they are on a device (like I am most of the time) and its a typo. However if I see the same person make the same blatant spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes over and over again. I get annoyed. Extremely annoyed!

Also writing in AP is different from, say… writing a term paper. There is a different use of commas.  I’ve often been told I use too many commas. But in journalism, we are taught that the comma is necessary. 

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With me, its like that talking Tide stain commercial, where the guy is in an interview for a job he wants, but he has a stain on his shirt, and all the interviewer can focus on is the stain. He hears and sees nothing else but this guy’s stain. That’s what its like for me. All I see is the error, not what is being said. 

What I’ve learned though, is that with as annoying as it is to see the errors or typos, it’s equally annoying to be belittled over something you just aren’t good at. 

For the longest time I would get so annoyed at seeing my mother in law’s status updates on Facebook, just to see all the spelling and punctuation errors. I would correct her. I stopped doing that a few years ago because I realized I’m not helping her in any way. All I’m doing is coming across as “a know it all” and it looks like I’m belittling her. I’m not grading a paper, looking at a resume, reading something that needs to be proofread. It’s simply a status update from a little old lady who still hunts and pecks at the keys on her keyboard. 

It would be like if someone continued to point out a weakness of mine when it comes to math. Unless it’s an even number, I’m always the lady that breaks out my cell phone with the tip calculator to make sure I leave the correct tip. I can’t do stuff like that in my head and if anyone pointed it out, I’d be embarrassed.  So there I was, pointing out a little old retired lady’s spelling errors when I should just take joy in the fact that she left me a message or a positive comment. 

So this “day 9 of 30 days of real”, is not only one of those quirky things about me that I hate, it’s also an apology to anyone I’ve offended. 

SORRY!

It’s just like the talking Tide Stain to me….my apologies.  And I don’t mean to sound like “a know it all”, because I’m not. And I’m certain that even though I proofread this post, it still has errors in it my eye couldn’t pick up.

This is a lesson for me to look more at the human side of people. 

 

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37 thoughts on “Day 9 Of 30 Days Of Real

  1. Great post! I know my grammar isn’t perfect, but it’s not as bad as many other people out there. For the most part, I just laugh when I read bad grammar, and sometimes I feel sorry for the person typing. The only time I let bad grammar get to me is when it’s from an educator. I know a few teachers – both homeschooling & traditional who constantly mess up what I consider basics like there/their & a lot/allot. Oh, and then there’s the “I want to emphasize a word, so I’m going to capitalize the first letter of it for No reason.” To me, that just screams uneducated.

  2. This is a wonderful post. I know I make mistakes sometimes with my grammar. It’s not that I am uneducated, sometimes I am in a rush to write a sentence and hit send before I proof read what I wrote.

  3. I hear ya on this one! I cannot believe how many times a day on Facebook that I see people getting even the most basic grammar wrong. Like your and you’re. Drives me crazy.

    1. From what I see, the oxford comma is used more in AP writing than most forms of writing. I use it just because I find it easier. I’d rather over punctuate and get my message across, than under punctuate and have the sentence not read right.

  4. I have many pet peeves about the words people use incorrectly, but it does no good to correct them. My father used to say Optober instead of October, and it drove me crazy, but now, I wish I could hear him say it. It’s just one of those eccentric things that made my Dad unique.

    1. I think sometimes its regional. My in laws say “cue”pons and I say it like “coo”pons”. I don’t know which is correct but I look at how they say the word in TV or radio adds and it seems to always be “coo”pons.

  5. I totally know what you mean – I feel like I fall into the annoyer though. i don’t always double check everything and then will read back over it and notice something it totally off. lol

  6. The ‘you’re’ thing makes me a little batty. That being said, I’ve rushed through and missed things lots of times, maybe even in my reply, lol! It happens. 🙂

  7. I am a grammar freak as well. I understand some people just don’t know any better, but that points to our school system and how extremely lacking it is. I remember when I was a freshman in high school, the teacher had to review what a NOUN and VERB where. It was not in her plan to reteach this. I think she was shocked at how many students were asking her to clarify.

  8. I know my grammar isn’t perfect. I am not going to lie I can read things and never even really look at the grammar. I do look at spelling errors however. As long as everything is spelled correctly I am good…lol

  9. I know I make mistakes all the time along with everyone else. We all do! It’s also really hard for me to drop that comma before the word and in sentences. I was taught to use it and it makes me crazy that we’re not supposed to anymore. lol

    1. There’s been a grammar change????? I don’t want them to change the rules on the rules I already know (like using the same word in one sentence being a no-no, hahaha).

    1. Jessica, I think you definitely have a valid excuse here. If english is your first language and you’ve at least made it through 12 grade..then no real excuse. Although someone could say the same with me about math…Its just one of my pet peeves.

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