I’m one of those people that types far too fast for their brain, or too slow for their brain. I tend to make silly mistakes when typing in instant messenger windows because they’re fairly informal and doesn’t matter a lot in the grand scheme of things. I try to limit that, though, otherwise my friends would think I was on something.
Something like a blog post, I try to watch it a lot more. I realize this is “just a blog”, but if future employers see it, it’s best to use at least moderately correct grammar. If it’s schoolwork, I do it with a fine toothed comb and then some.
I hate having to shorten for Twitter, though it makes word choice THAT MUCH MORE imperative.
(side note: Learning another language makes one acutely aware of your native tongue and different grammar things)
I am seriously shocked and appalled at how terrible some of my fellow students’ grammar / spelling is. I even considered making a feature on my blog (and don’t put it past me) called “Babelfish or Babble?” because some people’s work is so incomprehensible it seems like it’s Babelfished. (for example, I’ve seen appalled written “Apaled”, “appaullled”, and “appauld”.. to name just 3 of the misspellings)
However, not only do my teachers have access to what I write here (hi!), I’d honestly feel bad if I made someone feel bad behind their back publicly, plus I’m certain it’d break a few rules with my school, and I rather like not having to drive 300 miles + a week to go to class. (with the exception of the previous example, which is definitely not picking on one certain person… just on a variety of them)
It’s worse when there are very few people in your class (ie: 1) and sometimes I almost feel like running it THROUGH Babelfish. Thankfully, I try to be as nice as I can, and I *KNOW* I’m not the teacher so I try not to correct. I’ve couched quite a bit of my *AAAAAAAAAAAAAACH* in asking them to clarify. Unsurprising to me, quite a few of my classmates have improved dramatically in just a few short weeks – if *I* can ask better questions, they can answer them better. Trying to mix in positive comments to help boost everyone’s self image is good too – making everyone think outside the box is a daily thing for me.
And I really don’t wish anyone harm, it’d be all in good fun, but I know it’s not appropriate. Doesn’t mean I can’t talk about writing it though. Just… not writing it. I know better. (for once. really.)
Ah well. At least it provides a source of entertainment. School is going well – 3 As, 2 Bs, currently – though one B doesn’t have any discussion points, so I think it could be a higher grade – and those are better than the grades I currently have in those subjects. (keeping score at home: Macroecon = D, Psych/Brit Lit II = C, Am Lit II / Fairy Tales = n/a)
I should have another, more worthwhile post later on this week, talking about our American Cancer Society Relay for Life team, and why I walk. Some of it will be taken from last year, while other parts will be written anew.