Blogging Insights -Bad grammar

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

I saw this on Instagram the other day and thought it would be interesting to discuss it on Blogging Insights:

” What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar. ” — Ruth Rendell


I think that bad grammar, used in any written document is very off-putting.

In literature, it is unforgivable. Badly written stories are so irritating and off-putting that people usually give up in the middle. The same goes for any inspirational article. If the usage of words, tenses, and grammar is not accurate, the meaning gets distorted and the purpose of writing that particular piece is wasted.

For people like me, whose first language is not English, we have to make more effort to see that when we finish writing, it all makes sense and is easily understandable. So I do make mistakes and try to proofread my posts before posting them.

Using bad grammar in talking is even more horrendous. I’ve seen teenagers using the word “like” ten times in one sentence when they are searching for the appropriate word to use. It was amazing for me when I first came to America to hear the youth here talking like that.

In social media, people use abbreviated text like grT or U or 4, and I don’t like that either. But we can ignore it because they may be in a hurry. But when they start using this form of writing in school essays, it becomes ridiculous.

“Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” by Lynne Truss is a fantastic book about the usage of punctuation. I think everyone, specially the young people should read it.

One such example lent the book its title:

A panda walks into a bar. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

“Why? Why are you behaving in this strange, un-panda-like fashion?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda walks towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

“I’m a panda,” he says, at the door. “Look it up.”

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

“Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

I rest my case!




56 thoughts on “Blogging Insights -Bad grammar

  1. You had mentioned this book to me after my one-liner on Punctuation! That’s a hilarious example.
    Yes, for people like us whose mother tongue is not English, it can be a bit of a struggle. But you rarely make any mistakes, my dear ❤️

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  2. So true, Sadje! There are inadvertent mistakes here and there but bad grammar is a big put off! And then some people have the audacity to proclaim grammar nazis stay off! Nobody is here to correct others but if one can’t write correctly why resort to writing to express! One has to know a language well to express themselves through it.

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  3. I can usually overlook mistakes in blog writings, but I don’t like to see them in books I’m reading. Oh yes, the way kids use the word ‘like’ when they are talking is awful. You can’t concentrate on what they are saying, because you’re just hearing blah blah like, blah blah like on and on! haha 🙂

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  4. Eats, shoots and leaves is one of my all-time favourite books. The other is William Zinsser’s ‘On Writing Well’ – it may be a bit dated now, but when I was starting out as a science writer, that book was my bible.

    I have a teenage daughter. My rule with her is that when she is texting me or sending me an email, it had better correctly written. I have made her rewrite text messages to me because her language quality was unacceptable to me. She thinks I am weird, and perhaps I am, but people like us may be the last few of our kind.

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  5. The Panda story is awesome 🙂. Thanks for sharing. I am new to writing and English is not my first language. I ask my husband to review my blog post before posting. He suggested installing an app called Grammarly. It sure helps a lot and I still bug him to proofread. 😀

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  6. sadly your panda story, middle word corrected is frequently used down under to describe many men in our society ….

    I must drive you nuts dismissing punctuation and capitals … appreciate you tolerating me 🙂

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  7. Correct grammar and proper punctuation is important because if you say, “Let’s eat grandma”, it’s not the same as, “Let’s eat, grandma” 😁

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  8. I need to watch my grammar in my posts. I tend to make mistakes, but hopefully my word program catches the errors (I write my posts in MS Word and then copy paste them into WP). Sadly there is no grammar check for my comments and I know I have made mistake there before.

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