Is it important for our language to be correct?

Proofreading_and_editing_blog_43Here is another post in the series prompted by media comment about Grammar Nazis.

Does it matter if our language is correct? Communication is a fundamental part of being human. Grammar is not mathematics, with its rigid rules & absolute truths. Its rules change between eras & cultures and eras, helping us to express our individuality & allowing us to play.

But another fundamental part of being human is the need to feel part of the accepted crowd. In certain circumstances we want to conform. A different facet of the same feature is that we don’t want to stand out from the crowd for the wrong reason.

Correct English makes it less likely that your CV will be rejected, that your message won’t get lost by someone mocking the way you said it, that you won’t show yourself up.

It also minimises the chances of being misunderstood.

All very much part of being human.

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About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.
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