Of course, as soon as I say there is nothing in my head…something pops in there. Happens every time. Every. Time.
I’m on a little bit of a rant here lately about the way Americans seem to be “dumbing it down” for a new generation. How we’re allowing things to fly that would have never flown in a prior decade. (Yep…I turn 53 today and I sound old as crap.) For instance, I can’t tell you how many spelling errors I find on websites these days. It’s unbelievable! It’s like there is no quality control in most companies’ IT departments. I’m not talking about someone’s personal blog where they might, oh…I don’t know…get going so fast that they forget to proofread and a stupid mistake gets published (guilty). I’m talking about professional, well established corporations who’s websites often have spelling mistakes, poor grammar or incorrect punctuation. For reals yo?
Oh yes…for reals.
I’ll admit to being a bit like the grammar police when it comes to my kids and work (not my blog however…see how I got out of that). I check, recheck and triple check my work correspondence or materials and I’ve always make my kids text in full, complete sentences without the use of “text speak”. It drives me crazy to see a text that uses no punctuation and lacks even one completely spelled out word. Oh yeah, IN ALL CAPS. I’m like, “Why are you yelling at me?”
I’ve also been known, when asked “Where you at?” to respond, “Behind a preposition!”
I can be obnoxious like that.
I do not expect everyone to be an annoying hard ass like me when it comes to shit like this but dang people, are we going to continually dumb ourselves down to the point that if spell check didn’t catch it then it’s not a problem? What does it say about us that I can’t go even one day without reading something that misuses your and you’re. Or it’s and its. Or (my personal favorite) they’re, their and there. Or any number of other English errors that have become commonplace. I don’t expect everyone to know or care about comma splices or dangling participles but for the love of pickles, can we just learn to spell or, in lieu of LOOKING IT UP (yep…yelling that time), Google it? It seems we have more resources available to us than ever before and yet we are accepting mediocre quality control from our citizens?
And don’t even get me started (okay…I’m started…so what) on our advertising brethren.
As I wrote in a Facebook post the other day, does anyone else find it ironic that the same Muppets (whom I adore) that have been teaching our children to read and count for over 40 years are now on TV selling a car that, “Ain’t got no room for boring?”