A Project for Better Journalism chapter

There, Their & They’re

It exists in the shadows of our memories, it lurks in our internet history, it is reborn time and time again, it’s a beast we fight with daily…

Yes people, I’m talking about the ever so touchy subject of vocabulary. (I can practically hear the English teachers applauding me now.) Before I begin my rant, I’d like to express that I understand that the internet and texting culture exploded within our generation, but it doesn’t mean that we have to give up the grammar of the past. Just how many times can we blame auto correct, edit comments or give up entirely before we realize that we seriously need to readdress ourselves?

I was like everyone else in the medieval 2010 time era, where I spent more time that I’d like to admit shortening words with single letters and numbers than anything else. Everywhere you looked on the internet, “you” and “are” were deprived of their letters, leaving a bare “u” and “r” in their place. It was a madhouse in the early days when we discovered that letters could be substituted for whole words. It was around this time that the first of internet slang became a widespread phenomenon, and we began abbreviating everything irl too. “Omg” was said in daily conversation and “Lol” was plastered on every single graphic tee in sight. It was a dark time in history.

Which brings me to my point: the lack of grammar in our society is not cute. I finally understand the modern Literature teacher and their struggle of reteaching the differences of “two”, “too” and “to” when “2” is much easier to type. I understand the dire battle of grammar patrol prowling the comment section for those unfortunate of using the wrong “your”. I understand that this was once considered cool at one point, but enough is enough. How many cringe worthy texts do you have to dig up from 2012 to see it? It’s time to grow out of this phase. Basically what I’m trying to say is that grammar is so in right now, and newsflash: it looks great on essays, resumes, and just about anywhere words can go. So go out there and rediscover our ancient language!

PS: You’ll probably also make your Language Arts teacher cry tears of joy. You can thank me for the A+ on your next report later.