How To Write Like Your Not a MoronST
I might sound like a ball buster with this post, but bear with me (yes, bear with me - not bare with me- I have even less interest in seeing you naked than - not then - you have in seeing me naked). This is something that needs to be said. The English language is a beautiful thing, and the Internet is killing it.
Typos are one thing. We all make mistakes, and when your (not you're) fingers are fat enough to send the Dow crashing 1,000 points, misspellings are the least of your worries. No one is going to give you crap about the occasional typo.
The same cannot be said about intentional carelessness. Every modern Internet browser that I'm aware of offers real-time in-line spell checking. If you're using Firefox or Chrome, a big, ugly red line shows up under every word you misspell. How much time does it take to correct it? If you're trying to make an important point about a serious topic, a bevy of misspellings only detracts from your argument.
I know it's easy to dismiss this as being "only" an Internet forum, and spelling and grammar aren't important in this venue. I'd be hard pressed to disagree. But you have to wonder if the bad habits are bleeding over to your corporate communications. It's not likely that someone would tell you. More likely, your boss or co-workers will just think you don't give a shit, or worse - that you're a moron.
I'll admit, as a writer it's a pet peeve of mine. But come on, guys. The other day someone was wondering if they had the metal to withstand the hours of investment banking. The metal? Really?? The word you're looking for is mettle, Ace, unless you're referring to the steel plate in your head. You guys pay a lot of money for those fancy degrees from target schools. How about showcasing a little of that grammar and usage training?
Alright, I'm off my soapbox and ready to provide you a solution. There is a browser extension called After the Deadline that might be the answer you're looking for. It not only corrects spelling, it corrects grammar and makes suggestions about usage. It'll even tell you when you're being cliché. The best part? It's free:
Here's a video demonstration:
Hopefully this helps you not only in your WSO forum life, but also in your professional and personal life. You might think using proper English is a small thing, but many people do not. You don't want to sound like an idiot.
And for those who want to kick it old school and actually learn proper grammar, I recommend Strunk and White's Elements of Style. However, in this modern day and age, there is an even better text on the subject. By far the best book written on grammar in the past decade is Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.
We would all do better to pay closer attention to what we write. There really is a perfect word for everything. If your going to right, you might as well sound like you no what your doing.