Friday, May 8, 2009

Professional Grammer and Punctuation Whine

" < These two little lines are called a "quotation mark." They are many appropriate times to use the quotation mark. Say, when you are quoting something someone said. However, quotation marks are NOT to be used for emphasis. For instance the head line "Woman Shot "Dead" in Own Home" does not make sense (except of course where I used them to quote the title. See how that works? Daily Mail, this one is for you). This leaves the reader wondering if the victim is really dead or not. It it a joke? Are you being facetious? If so it is in very poor taste. What you meant to say was "Woman Shot Dead in Own Home" See how the letters are all slanted? That is called italics and it is a perfectly acceptable way to put emphasis on a certain word. Please for the love of GOD, stop using quotation marks for emphasis! I'm not just talking to the news media now (though they should know better than anyone) All adults should know this. I seem to recall one day in the 2nd grade when they taught us what quotation marks were for.
This is elementary stuff people. I cannot tell you how many forms cross my desk each week from people who do not know how to use simple punctuation or even worse, simple grammer. This is a BUSINESS and I really would like it if some commen sense were employed at some point. You are an adult and a professional.  It makes you look very stupid when you submitt a form that says "Johnny were "NOT" sitting in his seat" Please people, I'm begging you. I'm not asking for perfection. I certainly do not get it right all the time. I have probably even made a few errors in this whine. But is a little subject verb agreement too much to ask?   

9 comments:

TeacherMommy said...

Amen sister! PREACH IT!

I have a similar sense of rage over people using apostrophes to indicate plurality. I mean, "Soup's of the Day" so does NOT make sense!

Confession: I have actually been known to surreptitiously wipe out the misused apostrophes on dry-erase and chalkboard signs.

Anonymous said...

ironic, no? please tell me you didn't proofread your post, madam grammar/punctuation police officer.

Mandi said...

I correct people's grammar and spelling at work. Have been know to edit signs posted in the lunchroom posted by the boss (good thing she has a good sense of humor). The worst is hearing people pronouncing Illinois and saying the S, making me climb walls.

MommyTime said...

You totally need to check out The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks (see how I did that? used italics to signal the title of the blog, so that you'd know that the quotation marks themselves were actually part of the title?) It won't fix other people's errors, but it will give you a great laugh.

MommyTime said...

oops, sorry. Forgot to give you the link because I was so busy embedding a lesson in use of italics for titles: here's the "Blog" you want.

Anonymous said...

I have to laugh at this post. You made quite a few mistakes in your rant about other people and their mistakes.

Anonymous said...

Is it too much to ask that you learn how to spell 'grammar'?

Maura said...

While you have some good points, you do undermine them a bit right from the start by misspelling "grammar" -- and yes, I put that in quotes.

I am appalled by how poorly people use words and punctuation, but I also know you have to be careful about criticizing them for it. If your own use of grammar is not tip-top, you will be crucified (figuratively speaking).

Manic Mommy said...

I am totally with you! I will admit to some comma abuse.

Manic Mommy
Lieutenant, Grammar Police