English Spelling And Grammar

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ENGLISH- Spelling and Grammar

Date: 22nd February 2016

I haven't had a blast for a long time but I'm seeing more and more incorrect spelling and stupid mistakes and the one which must take the 'biscuit' was this one I saw recently

'Pain staking lists' -  so are they buidling a fence!!

Our language must be one of the richest in the world and I am probably au fait with a very small percentage of the words in my Concise English Dictionary and am still happy to look up words I don't understand when I'm reading articles.  And I know full well that my punctuation is not among the best but I think my Grammar is relatively Okay

I'm seeing more and more poor spelling everywhere and as for Grammar!!!!!  

One of my biggest bugbears is when people end a sentence with a preposition.  Having worked in News I can understand their desire to save on the word count (although it is ugly) but in the written word it is unforgiveable.

And as for Ambiguity - this is a growing trend especially in news.  I will note down a few examples next time they occur.  Very often I hear them on the Classic FM news when driving so I can't jot them down.

What is causing this butchering of our language - is it poor teaching, laziness, too much reliance on Spell check or is it that so many who have come to our country do not have a good enough grasp of the language?  When one reads of schools where, for a large proportion of pupils, English is only a second language you realize the difficulties facing the teachers.

Although my usage of English is far from exemplary I do remember when my son asked in a vexacious way 'Why do you have to use large words?' - I don't really use that many but if one word encapsulates what you wish  to say then why not use that one word rather than a sentence. And if someone uses a word I don't know I ask what it means.

When my son was in primary education, I well remember him coming home with obvious mistakes in spelling and grammar which had been 'missed' by the teacher and then was told by Jonathan that he hadn't yet put it in his 'best book' so maybe the corrections came later!! I would hope so.

Oh! one of the ones which is currently  making me cringe is an advert for Cruises in which the Voice says 'Montenegro lays before us' - Chickens lay eggs - people lie down not lay down  and countries lie before us not 'lay' - what are they laying?  Wish I could put smilies on my blog.

WELL WELL WELL - Either they've read my blog or others have also complained about the latter.  Heard the Ad today and the man says 'Montenegro LIES before me'.  HOORAH


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