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Has this been a slow week for everyone?  Has each day dragged out to the point where you are using all your energy just to get through it?  Or maybe it is just me? 

Because it has been such a slow, energy-zapping week, I am grateful that we can celebrate Thursday and step closer to the weekend.  This week’s topic is near and dear to my heart.

In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?

More importantly, have you read them?

How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?

I love grammer.  In my prior life, I think I was an English teacher.  Or, if I truly had wanted to teach, I should have been an English teacher.  My friends come to me to proof their papers for grad school.  My husband, as an undergrad and a grad, never submitted an assignment without having me read it over first.  So, yes, I do have at least one grammar book at home.  I also have a small booklet on writing notes and one much-thumbed-through writing guide.  I used to use them religiously but have now internalized the lessons and do not refer to them as often as I used to do. 

Did I mention I love grammar?  I believe it is incredibly important because it speaks volumes about who you are as a person.  Do you take the time to proofread your letters, e-mails, and proposals before sending them to others?  Do you do the same with blog posts?  To me, this means that you are conscientious and care about how you appear to your co-workers and friends.  Just like with physical appearance, you can be judged based on your writing.  I can and have judged people on their improper use of “to” or “lose” versus “loose”.  To me, the rules are fairly simple and easily remembered, and if you cannot remember them, the Internet is there to help direct you to a site than can help you to remember.  To not proof your writing and strive to make it as error-free as possible is a sign of laziness, in my opinion. 

I recognize the importance of “text speak”, but I very rarely use it.  I much prefer to take the time to send full sentences with complete words rather than use abbreviations and phrases.  I think the English language is beautiful, in its own very convoluted sense, and I like to use it as much as possible.  I also like to properly use it as much as possible. 
Am I old-fashioned in my views?  Is grammar, in this texting age, going the way of the dinosaurs?  Should I continue my battle to improve the writing skills of my friends one paper at a time?

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