Sunday, December 6, 2009

Starting to Notice by Brent Stempfle

Ramona's post on poor grammar in public locations certainly made sense to me. I myself have noticed on several occasions that billboards, advertisements, etc. are severely lacking in grammatical expertise. Certainly the use of proper grammar is secondary in marketing to the success of the advertisements. Certainly marketing firms don't care about grammar, and there's no reason for them to care.

It is just very interesting to spend my days learning proper grammar in this professional writing course, and to then see billboards using the wrong form of the words their, there, they're, your, you're, to, too, its, it's, and countless others. Beyond this, whenever I visit home, I often happen to notice a number of these errors, and being the only one of my friends taking a professional writing course, I am often the only one who notices them. I am then faced with a dilemma: play the nerd card and criticize the error with people who don't care, or keep quiet. If only people could just use proper grammar all the time, life would be so much simpler.

1 comment:

  1. haha! Yes life would be so much simpler if only people would learn how to use grammar properly. I can't believe people actually used to ask me to edit their work before I was a PROW student. I shudder at the thought!