It is not you, it is your grammar.

This is crucial information which can save and change your life and the lives of others. You may be not aware of the impact your use of grammar, spelling and punctuation can have on your future. Texting ur beautiful to your crush can kill butterflies and put feet back on the ground. Misplacing a comma can save lives, especially the ones of your beloved grandparents. And do you never dare splitting infinitives, because they can mean life or death.

Okay, this is maybe slightly exaggerated. But the truth is that there are many who care about flawless grammar, correct spelling and impeccable punctuation. If you do not want to miss out on finding your soul mate; if you want to save your grandparents’ lives and the entire universe, you should pay close attention to how you use your language.

This BBC article, a true gem, illustrates perfectly what we are dealing with in this project. Identifying the attitudes towards disputed usage and old chestnuts such as the split infinitive seems to be a topical issue. Nevertheless, it shows that language use is not merely an educational topic, but in fact rather personal. So what about you? Do you care about grammar, spelling and punctuation? Do you make judgements about people who use them differently? Pedant or not – show your true colours!

Grammar, spelling, punctuation

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About Carmen Ebner

Carmen Ebner is a PhD candidate at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and currently investigates attitudes towards British English Usage. Carmen is part of the project Bridging the Unbridgeable: linguists, prescriptivists and the general public, which is supervised by Prof Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade.
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2 Responses to It is not you, it is your grammar.

  1. Carmen Ebner says:

    Reblogged this on Proper English Usage and commented:

    Grammar matters. Spelling matters. Punctuation matters. Do you care?

  2. Carmen Ebner says:

    Try out the grammar test and find out whether you are a grammar guru, promising pedant or colon confusenik! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22512744

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