A word about punctuation and capitalization.  

rm_tried_true 54M
8 posts
9/11/2005 5:14 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

A word about punctuation and capitalization.

Well, as you can see, only a few days in and already I am falling behind in my blogging. But I have a good reason!

I have been looking through the site and reading the postings of others: their articles, blogs, and questions. And in doing this I have found something that has caused me a slight irritation; people are not using simple rules of grammar!

Okay. I realize that this is an adult sight and things are pretty casual. I also realize that the internet, especially e-mail and chat rooms have changed the modern vernacular to some degree. Still, is it too much to ask that people at least make an attempt at using capitalization and basic rules of grammar, like say… punctuation?

While I can decode most of the internet shorthand, such as 2 instead of two or too, or gr8 instead of great, reading through some of the articles and questions on this sight that are completely lacking in any use of grammar is not only aggravating, but also simply annoying.

After a while, I begin to feel like I am back in school having to fight my way through James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. I didn’t particularly find stream-of-consciousness writing any fun then and I certainly don’t enjoy it any more now.

Now, I’m not trying to be a hard-line English major here; believe me, I make my own fair share of typos and spelling mistakes.

But is it really asking too much to expect a period ‒ Oops! Sorry, “dot” ‒ at the end of a sentence, or a capital at the beginning of a sentence?

I’m not asking for perfection here. Proper names? Use lower-case, I don’t care. Internet short-hand and vernacular? Knock yourself out! Sentences with a subject and no verb? Why not!

All I really ask is that the postings be somewhat legible. It can be awfully difficult to answer a question or reply to an article when you have no idea what it is trying to say.

And using punctuation and capitalization is really so simple: just write the way you would speak. At the end of a sentence you naturally pause, hence the period and a space. When reciting a list or adding a new thought to the sentence you naturally have a slight pause between the items. So throw in a comma, or even a linking-word.

So next time you write a post just think about adding these few simple things; it will make your meaning far more clear and also make reading that much more enjoyable.

redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
9/11/2005 6:17 am

I agree.

kelly709 58F
3 posts
9/11/2005 6:27 am

I agree even though I am guilty of this myself at times. I have noticed a spell checker on this site it is not hard to use. I do not understand if they just do not care or in a hurry before the Wife/Husband walks in. Like I said I to am guilty of typing fast or with one hand and can not get to the shift key but some replies! I have to laugh dosn't even look like they made it to high school. my pet peeve is not only grammer its spelling of simple words when there is a spell check avalible.

ShyWhisper2006 53F
15175 posts
5/19/2006 2:45 am

I agree...it is hard to answer some when you are not even sure what exactly they are saying. I am not a prude about it and most times try not to let it get to me...but it is rather difficult.

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