Some people loathe poor grammar as much as some people loathe poor manners. They read a piece of writing and become appalled at grammar errors like a belch at the dinner table. First thought that comes to mind is, what’s wrong with this person?
Like Chris Tucker says to Jackie Chan’s character in the movie Rush Hour, “do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?”
Do you understand the words that are coming out of this screen? Even if the grammar was atrocious, I think you would. Not wanting to read someone’s writing because of their written English errors is like not wanting to have a conversation with someone because of their less than perfect spoken English. Would you rather hear about the tales of a person who lived an interesting life in broken English or the life of an English language scholar who lived in a box their whole life? Sorry Sultan of Brunei. Your English is not good enough so I don’t want to talk to you.
I guess their isn’t a rite or wong when it comes down to what you prefer. You like what you like. If I possessed advanced basketball playing skills then I would only get enjoyment from playing with people who had similar skills. Why would I want to play with someone who sucks?
I think sometimes that’s the rationale behind reading blogs. Readers with advanced written English skills prefer to read posts written by people with a similar skill level. I think I prefer that as well but when it comes to writing…grammar and other English correctness is not the be all and end all. To disregard the content of an article because of simple grammar mistakes is letting your ego get the better of you.
If the grammar and spelling are so poor that it becomes a chore to comprehend then it would make sense that you would might not want to continue to read. But most grammar and spelling mistakes are just errors of formality that can easily be understood. Can you understand this?… Yo, wazzup bro. We gotta get goin cuz we gonna be l8. If you can understand that then you can easily figure out that their was supposed to mean there and its was supposed to be it’s. If you can easily understand then what’s the big deal? It might not be the exquisite piece of written art you were hoping for but it might have as much to offer. The idea seems to be that if your grammar is not up to snuff then it’s an indication of the quality of material that you are able to produce.
My written English is good enough for most but at the same time probably not ideal. Proof reading for me is more of a chore than it would be for others who are more advanced at written English. There’s going to be more errors on my first draft which means I am more likely to miss something when I reread it. Sometimes I make simple English errors and don’t know any better. When it comes to errors with misplaced modifiers, words that should be capitalized or a semicolon…if it bothers you that much then I guess we can’t be internet friends because I’m just a ghetto blogger.
Stellar grammar would be ideal because there isn’t any confusion when reading a grammatically correct piece of writing. Even people with a sub-par English understanding will better comprehend a grammatically correct piece of writing than an atrocious one.
I know, I know, it seems confusing to some people that so many can mistake using their for there but just like anything else, if it happens often then there’s a perfectly good explanation for it. It might not be perfectly glamourous but it’s justifiable. Perhaps they dropped out in the 8th grade and spent their adolescent years living on the streets. Maybe correct grammar is so overwhelming for them that checking all aspects of their written English would not be worth its while for a mere blog. Maybe that’s just too bad for them.
Again, in the end, it’s your preference as to what you want to read. I bet you though, the formally uneducated homeless adolescent has many more interesting poorly written stories than most grammatically correct university graduates and working stiffs.