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 Trussis 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.”
Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word lunch, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Already Gone
Going out with friends for lunch used to be our fun outing before covid. I have a few very close friends that I would meet for lunch or brunch once a month. But with covid, all meetings were suspended. We would talk to each other on phone, but having a meal together was a strict no-no.
Finally, when we all got vaccinated, and the government relaxed the restrictions for people who had been vaccinated, we got together for a lunch date. There was so much to talk about that the food was almost sidelined.
Almost but not completely.
We all are after all fond of eating and it is the city of Lahore where we live, which is famous for its variety of food. The situation in our country concerning covid is not stable. Sometimes we are allowed to dine in the restaurants and sometimes just outdoor dining is allowed. I still try to meet my friends so that we can all get away from our families and have a good heart-to-heart talk session.
I think eating out with good friends is a wonderful way to connect. What do you think?
She still remembers those daysochre rays filteringthrough gaunt autumn treescasting patterns on the paththey trod together. Days of promise, days of hopeleaves drifting downwardscrunching underfootcreating crimson carpetsfor them to follow. And as long years drifted bylike autumn leaves fallingalthough far aparttreading different pathsthey walk together. Image credit: James Wheeler @Unsplash Written in response to Sadje‘s What do […]
Welcome to my Friday afternoon paint chip prompt. There are other paint chip prompts out there, but they’re very precise in what they ask for. Mine is open ~ write a poem, a story, a memory, whatever you like. Take your inspiration this week from Valspar’s “lavender moon” and/or “twilight mist.” Tag your post Paint Chip Friday, or PCF, if you wish. Prompt will continue until December 31.
A Lavender moon hung low on the horizon
The purple glow illuminated the landscape
Little animals scurry deep in the shadows
An owl hoots from the top of the barn roof
I sit and enjoy the deepening dusk and its peace
There is a calm here that’s unparalleled in any other place
Me and the moon engage in a conversation meant for us alone
Easy. Each week I’ll provide a prompt to inspire you to write a very short story. The idea is to manage to type your whole story in a minute or less. Of course, you can think about it before hitting the keyboard, and you can take all your time to edit it afterwards…
Just make sure to tag your story with #1MinFiction, and create a pingback to my week’s challenge post, so I can easily find it!
So, here is this week’s picture;
Whenever I passed by this little house on the hill, I wondered who lived there. The house seemed empty and I never saw anyone coming or going, yet it appeared well looked after.
One day I ventured to the front door to satisfy my curiosity. As I knocked, no one answered. I opened the door and there I saw myself sitting at the table, reading newspaper……..,