I’m not sure if there’s a burning interest in this topic but I’ve read several comments lately referring to the “grammar police” in a few other threads. In another thread someone made an off-topic comment with a grammar complaint. I replied and, unfortunately, the thread veered further off-topic, I’m sorry to say. Anyway, I decided to start this thread to air out people’s feelings about misspelling, poor grammar and the so-called grammar police. Here’s my take on the issue pasted from that other thread:
Among our members we span the entire spectrum of writing ability and facility with English. As someone who prizes proper use of the language, I realize if we filtered comments for correct grammar and spelling, I don’t think we’d have much of a community left. I fear I also cross the line with regard to always using the language properly. It’s a work in progress.
I’ve learned to read over these errors and try to grasp the intent and meaning of anyone who comments here. I’ve become proficient in reading typo! More importantly, we are all connected with our struggle with diabetes. Let’s not stilt the communication with some expected proficiency in writing.
I get where you’re coming from but I want my brother and sister diabetics to feel comfortable and at home. Don’t you think that’s better?
I later added this:
Please excuse my off-topic excursion. If it goes any further, I’ll spilt it off to a separate topic.
I think the best way to influence good use of language is by example. People do notice and hopefully more of us will seek to improve their language skills over time.
Here’s a humorous example of the value of punctuation:
Let’s eat, grandma.
Let’s eat grandma.
Anyone else want to weigh in on this topic?