A lot of people do not care if they use the wrong form of there or your or its... but I do. I care very much. Then there's the than and then issue and the fact that alot is not a word. Alot is a word the way corn is a vegetable... just because most people think it's right doesn't make it so. It looks right (to you), no one ever said any different and well... it's easier that way. Easier is usually wrong, the public school system taught us all that, if nothing else (I went to public school and I got a great education, but that's because my mother cared about my education and she made it important to me... but that is for a different blog entirely).
I can go on and on with examples of how grammar is butchered in society today, I really could, but I think you get my point. It would take an extra second of thought to say or write the correct thing. And don’t go throwing the whole education crap at me… it just means your lackadaisical attitude started in the 2nd grade and that, my friend, is your own damn fault. Speaking correctly, communicating well, and being understood clearly have always been important to me and should be to you. So maybe it boils down to priorities?
It has been said that people that read on a consistent basis have better communication skills than those who do not, as they are exposed to the proper use of the English language more often. “Me and Joe are going to the store…” should be “Joe and I are going to the store.” My mother taught me a trick when I was younger and I am going to let you in on it; take away the other person and say it the way you would say it if it were just you and that is the proper way to say it. And then the order… always say everyone else before the pronoun that signifies you, it is just proper etiquette, as well as proper English, at that point. That brings to mind the effect of affecting, effect is a noun (think special effect) and affect is a verb (that affected me), if you remember that then it should make it easier to use the right one.
I am not even going to get into punctuation this go round…
Laziness has become part of our culture and we are raising a nation of grammatically lazy children that will grow up and have to compete globally. How can we, as a country, be a voice in the world if that voice is illiterate?