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The importance of grammar: Mistakes harm your reputation

The number one social media outlet might be the reason candidates aren't getting jobs.

The number one social media outlet might be the reason candidates aren’t getting jobs.

Grammar is dying. Rather, society is killing grammar by not using it correctly.

Some people say they don’t care about grammar, but they should.

Social media has become a primary way for people to express views and beliefs. According to Statistic Brain, a website that gathers statistics on a variety of topics, Facebook is the largest online social media outlet, with 1.3 billon monthly active users.

It doesn’t take long to find an endless amount of errors while scrolling through the many comments and statuses on Facebook.  On this platform, it appears users don’t feel an obligation to abide by the rules of grammar.

But many posts on Facebook are published for the world to see. Even something so miniscule as grammar can determine how someone is perceived. By using incorrect grammar, a message might be misinterpreted. This can lead to saying something that might offend another peer or convey a message entirely different than the writer intended.

Nowadays, there are millions of books, applications and websites that people can use as resources to learn proper grammar. This information is accessible within a click of a button. Even by searching the word “grammar” into Apple’s App Store, 158 results are generated. Grammar mistakes are embarrassing and avoidable. All it takes is to learn the rules of grammar.

Grammar is used to convey a clear and accurate message. For a speaker to be understood and a reader to understand, there must be rules. These rules offer make writing consistent. Without abiding by correct grammar rules, readers get confused. They wonder why the writing is not consistent and question if the information is even correct.

In almost every profession, grammar is required. Every person in the professional workforce must be able to convey a clear and accurate message. Recently, Forbes posted an article about a current poll that was conducted about how social media affects recruiters’ views of the candidates applying for a job. In the poll, 66 percent of the recruited were turned off by candidates if they used “poor spelling and grammar” throughout social media. Recruiters want candidates to have and use a basic understanding of correct grammar.

KRTV, a television-broadcasting channel based in Great Falls, Montana, posted an article that discussed the hiring procedures of the Great Falls Police Department. In the article, Jack Allen, the lieutenant of the Great Falls Police Department, said the department requires applicants to pass two tests: a physical test and a written test. The written test includes basic skills including “reading comprehension, math, grammar and writing.” This example shows how even if a job is not directly related to language, such as an editor or English teacher, employers still want candidates who have basic skills.

__By Alexa West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. natasharausch
    November 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Alexa,

    I 100 percent agree with this. It is really appalling when friends I know in other majors think they don’t need to know how to use grammar because they’ll be engineers, doctors, etc. But in every aspect of life, grammar is needed. When people incorrectly use the English language, others, without a doubt, are likely to judge.

    I liked the links you provided in your blog, as well. The Facebook posts were especially hilarious. It is very frustrating at times to read through my Twitter or Facebook feeds and see the number of blatant mistakes. And, as you said, it’s not as if grammar is like a college education where you must pay thousands of dollars to learn it. There are numerous websites with tutorials and information on how to properly speak and write English.

    On a side note, I have family in Great Falls, Montana, and my grandpa actually mentioned the fact that these tests are required for most of the jobs there. As you said, in every profession, a solid knowledge of grammar is necessary. Proper use of English shows intelligence and education. Improper use seems uneducated; however, it is so common nowadays that many students entering the real world don’t even realize it.

    In journalism, knowing proper grammar is obviously essential. But reporters are still prone to mistakes. In high school, I worked incredibly hard on a story about three students enlisting in the military. In the story, there was a grammar mistake, and I honestly got more comments on that than I did the actual story. Grammar mistakes ruin a reporter’s hard work, so being extra careful and rereading is necessary to make sure people are focusing on the content rather than the writer’s bad grammar.

  2. December 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Great work on your post. Bad grammar seems to be ubiquitous these days with Twitter, Facebook and countless other sites being used to post our thoughts.

    The number of available grammar apps you cite is an interesting thought. We have so many tools at our disposal to make sure our grammar is correct, but with attention spans all over the place, some people seem to not make it a priority. There’s not much worse than reading the wrong use of ‘your.’

    I wonder, why aren’t schools making this information more of a priority for a longer period of time in public school?

    -Reece.

  3. December 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Over Thanksgiving break I spoke with one of my friend’s moms while waiting for my friend to get ready. She is currently going to school to get a degree and has to take an English composition course. It was amazing to me how much she admitted to me about not knowing a lot about grammar and correct English.
    She knows that I write and study journalism, which is why she felt like I would be appalled, but I wasn’t. My reaction was completely the opposite. Though she’s in her forties, which might have been part of the reason she understood the need for correct grammar, it was still refreshing to hear her say it out loud. She’s also held a professional job where she’s had to send out professional emails and understood how important grammar was to people who you were doing business with. Even then, she said, she was doing so well at her job that she was able to hire an assistant to type out her message professionally so that she wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of having to fix grammatical errors.
    Obviously, I understand the importance of grammar, but it was nice to know that it’s not something that’s lost to people other than journalists and English teachers.
    I am terrified every time I write a story that I’ll have made a really embarrassing grammatical error. It never fails. I wish I had the luxury of not caring like some of my Facebook friends, but that’s just not how I’m programmed. Good read.

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