F Off, Grammar Purists
But this phenomenon is not only related to B2W. It seems internet-wide. It started with basic corrections of typos and spelling. Now apparently informal, colloquial speak on social media is considered WRONG by some writers *full stop*.
Well, you purists better have to time to DUCK … Let’s go!
1) Context is everything
2) Understanding counts for something
Autocorrect is also thing, which can be good but also bad. Many people are writing on phones or tablets with touch-screens. Some creative minds have added learning needs. Others are on medication that screws with their ability to ‘see’ stuff like typos. Or maybe they have vampire fingerprints, like me. Shrug.
REPEAT AFTER ME: ‘if I know what is meant, then meaning is delivered‘.
3) Language usage is fluid
4) Purists’ mythical ‘standards’ are BS …
5) … And keep marginalised writers OUT
Seriously, fuck being a grammar purist. It is blaming less-educated people for something that is not their fault. Just as often though, it’s not even relevant. As writers we ought to know better. We should show more understanding of this complex issue. There’s enough rigid-thinking sticklers in the world.
So just do what you need to … Which is check over your writing as best you can, utilise the tools available and/or pay a proof reader if possible.
Oh, and don’t forget to tell those grammar purists to go fuck themselves.
Lastly, here’s some linkage To Help with number 1) on this list. Good luck out there.
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