A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing a blog we both read daily and the comments that people left on the post that day. I’d mentioned to her that the comment she left was hard to understand because it didn’t have any (or in my opinion, enough) punctuation. She kindly reminded me (as she has several times before) that when it comes to things like blogs, texts, non-work e-mails, and Twitter or Facebook updates, an emphasis on punctuation, spelling, and grammar is not at the forefront of most people’s minds since it’s not like they’re “writing a college essay”. Not to mention the character limits.
I’ve been told before that I should lighten up but it’s hard for me to do so because there are so many built-in tools to help us achieve spelling and punctuation greatness! Besides running a deliberate spell check, we have the unignorable red and green squiggly lines, the auto-correct feature (which I recognize can sometimes do more harm than good), and the ability to engage in some plain, old-fashioned proofreading of stuff yourself. I’m not perfect and don’t claim to be. No really, I don’t. In fact, you may or may not have noticed, but oftentimes, I over-punctuate, to keep from under-punctuating. I’m trying to loosen up…I swear! I’m working on it!!
Still, it’s hard when I get a text that says:
“good morning ma how did you sleep last night did you dream about me I might be in town this weekend I can take you out saturday maybe we can get some sushi I will let you order for me since you know what I like”
I guess I’m just supposed to guess where the punctuation would go…
Or, how about this one:
“Hey Sonya! Who are you? Long time, no talk.”
Yeah, apparently it has been a verrrrry long time since we talked because you don’t even know who I am! I thought of so many different ways that I could have responded to this (each way equally as trifling as the next) but I decided to assume that this person meant “HOW are you?” and responded accordingly. See, sometimes even the squiggly line fells you (see what I did there?) so you have to do your own proofreading.
Have you experienced any funny texting, tweeting, or e-mailing mishaps? Are you a spell check freak or a lover of life unpunctuated? Let me hear from you!
P.S. If you follow me on Twitter at @foolishmagnet, I PROMISE not to edit your tweets…or blog about them later 😉