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Learning how two write good

April 23rd, 2009

There is nothing in the world that drives me more up the wall than “AIM speak.” It used to be a shorter way of speaking online, because apparently typing “w8” is significantly faster than “wait,” but now it has moved beyond that. AIM speak has moved into any form of colloquial, and sometimes formal, writing.

Needless to say, when I was working on a paper a few days ago in Microsoft Word and it recommended that I change “you’re” to “you is,” I came about as close as I ever have to throwing my computer out the window.

Facebook is a perfect example of how content some people are with presenting their thoughts so poorly. I signed on the other day and saw a status from someone I knew in high school that seriously read: “yesterday was the worst day of my life and it has continued into today cuz i hafta wrtie a important paper in a matter of hours from scratch… o yea almost forgot [explative] rome.”

Not only do I not have a clue what that means, I count upwards of 10 errors in that run-on. I’m guessing once you clean it up, there are errors that we can’t see yet.

It doesn’t make sense to me when people think that is an okay way to present their thoughts or feelings. After reading that particular passage, I found myself hoping his day and all of his days after that got progressively worse until he figured out how to articulate himself in a way that would suggest he passed third grade.

The abbreviations that people use seem odd to me, as well. Is it really too much work to type out “be right back?” I don’t think so.

The constant use of “omg” is another problem. First of all, how does God feel about being referred to as simply “g”? I bet He doesn’t like it. Also, does using “g” instead of the actual word mean you haven’t taken the lord’s name in vain? I’m not sure, but anyone who says “omg,” stay away from me on the quad; if the big guy’s coming for you, I want no part of that.

Fone is not the same as phone; it’s not even a word and makes you sound phony. Their does not equal there, which does not equal they’re, the same way that to, too and two are not interchangeable. “Sry” is not substantially shorter than sorry, and might be taken as less sincere. If you really made a fool of yourself last weekend, you may be better off just using the full word when trying to explain to your significant other why you weren’t wearing pants.

I do not accept when you use except incorrectly, and there is a difference between who and whom. You didn’t play good; you played well, and a comma is not the same thing as a semi-colon – the extra dot tells you so.

There is truly nothing more frustrating than when you see these problems over and over; at some point, you’re in college – act like it.

Facebook is a great tool to stay in touch with long-lost friends who you otherwise probably would never have talked to after you graduated high school, not an opportunity for you to prove to old friends (and potential employers) that u r not write good.