posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 09:17 AM
I've been a legal secretary for many years. My livelihood depends on knowing and using proper grammar and spelling, as well as catching errors in
the text that attorneys give me. I'm highly competent at this task, but I still make mistakes. The presence of errors in a person's writing is a
poor measure of the person's intelligence, education, or knowledge.
English is a difficult language to use "properly". The grammar is a beast. Spelling is even worse. There is often not the slightest connection
between the spelling of a word and its pronunciation. Slaughter and laughter. Tough, cough, though, plough, hiccough, through. Come on, who the
heck can spell those words correctly; or figure out how they should be pronounced? For, four, fore, to, too, two, one, won, eight, ate, and so on,
and so forth. Or is that fourth?
I know some extremely bright people who can't string a proper sentence together to save their lives. Their spelling is atrocious, their grammar
primitive, yet they are geniuses. Just as some people simply cannot grasp mathematics, others have problems with language.
Though I find spelling and grammar mistakes mildly annoying, I don't mind them nearly as much as I do sloppy thinking. If someone has something to
say, I can usually get past their bad grammar and spelling mistakes. Seldom is the writing so bad that I can't understand it. But when someone is
just talking bollocks, I find myself growing impatient, regardless of how good their writing is.
I think what I'm saying is that, while form is important, it's not as important as substance. If I can only have one or the other, I'll take the