Have you noticed this? The writing of professional writers who should be adept at creating error free documents or articles, but fall short? You would think that people who write for prestigious magazines of news outlet would take the time to actually check their writing before hitting publish. I think it is the fault of the texting apps of social media, which have deceived many into thinking that grammar and punctuation is no longer required or even to be desired. We all have Spellcheck technology nowadays, do we not? However, this does not mean that we no longer need to examine our own writing to be sure it is free of error. Spelling and grammar programs are tools at our disposal, but we all should remember that there is no replacement for the human eye in proofing our writings.
I see errors in writing everywhere, and I must confess that I am a bit of a grammar drill sergeant. I really am. As a girl, I found myself to be a compulsive proof reader, not only of my own writing, but everyone else’s too.
Now, I find myself reading many documents, articles, blogs, etc- all online. It seems that the more we use technology to do out writing, the less we rely on our own human ability to read and proof the text. I see evidence of this on Facebook ( not surprising, since many people are using FB on the phone by app technology which I said already is affecting the writing). I mentioned news outlets. Writers on these sites are producing many articles which contain mistakes that can easily be discerned and corrected simply by reading one’s writing aloud before publishing. Some of the errors I find are the use of an incorrect article (the use of the word A being used when the word The would be a more natural fit). Sometimes the wrong word is used altogether, and sometimes the subject is not in agreement with the verb. I was reading a popular magazine a few weeks ago and on the cover it had a lovely photo of a beloved couple. The article was about this couple making a significant change in life. I was horrified when the cover spoke of the saying goodbye to the past as follows.
“The beloved couple say goodbye.”
No, no, and no. Just no.
“The couple says ‘goodbye’ ” would be correct. A couple which we know is made up of two people, is one unit and a singular subject. Two people may say goodbye, but one couple says goodbye.
Why do I care? Because I believe it is important to write well- to excel in the task. Another thing to think about is credibility. Do you value your credibility as a writer? If you do, as I do; if you want to be held in regard as being knowledgable in your field, it is important to write well, and adhere to the highest standard of writing excellence possible.