The Future of Grammar

Hey everybody, I’m Darla and grammar is important to me. Smile Poowas created as a place where other grammar geeks like me could go and feel at home. Grammar matters. I know I may be way off, but it’s how I feel. In this day and age, with autocorrects, templates, and emojis, grammar seems superfluous. I mean, who needs grammar when you have an animated icon of a smiling turd?

But, nevertheless, the written word is one which endures all. Language is like a mutation. A never-ending experiment. It morphs, it changes, and it gives us revelations and different results at every turn.

Education in grammar is not something that should be left to a machine. As much as I love grammar checking software – and I do – I feel that no software will ever be able to replace humans. When it comes to language – we really do know best. It isn’t arrogance. It is fact.

Learning how to communicate is how humans have always moved forward. We learned to talk, we learned to express ourselves, and we learned how to use the world around us to better ourselves. Some things cannot be taught, and some things can. Grammar matters. Punctuation matters. I really believe that.

I believe that language is the reason for our amazing advancements, and I strive to give it the respect it deserves. I have always loved English class. I loved it even more when we got to high school, and began getting more into poetry and classic literature. It is a shame to think that so many people will never get to read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, for instance. I know, it makes me sound like an incredible douche. Well then, I am douchey – hear me roar.Slang

Education… We need it, we don’t need it, it’s overrated, it’s underrated, blah blah blah. The question is, what will be? Are we just going to let everything go digital? Are we going to let things get so distorted, that people will eventually say the word “LOL”, instead of literally laughing out loud? Only time will tell. And I am waiting.

I believe in language, and in the English grammar. I am not against progress, but it is sometimes frustrating to see what the internet has done to the spoken and written word. On the one hand, it is so innovative and unique. Seeing the way slang evolves, for instance, is a really cool thing to observe. On the other hand, I feel the internet and that whole world is kind of killing the English that I have known and loved for so long.

Time will tell.

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