Spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation are important. They mean the difference between “helping your uncle, Jack, off a horse” and “helping your uncle jack off a horse”.
In our digital world of smart phone status updates, tweets, and text messages, this concept seems lost on far too many people.
Witness just a few status updates that have been on my facebook feeds this week:
“what is rong with me??????? it is wayyy to early for me to be up when there is’nt school!!!!!!!!!!!!! i need helpp! bt if ur upp then hit me wit a txt”
“is curious 2 know what it is like 2 b u….”
“is relaxin w/ my boyz n d birthday gal @ d beach..beautiful day w/ a light breeze..”
Really, people? I know many of us tweet and facebook from our phones, but if your little thumbs can’t handle the few extra pushes of a button to actually spell a word correctly, spare us having to decipher your jibberish.