As essential as technology has become for communication, certain sloppy habits have crept in and hinder our efforts to connect with one another. I wouldn’t have foreseen how disruptive bad grammar and poor spelling would be, but now even AP and other news sources appear to have fired their editors, leaving the reading public to figure out what’s meant in any given item that gets published, online OR in print.
One of the few exceptions is The New Yorker – for which I remain grateful. Far too many other publications don’t make a consistent effort to use language clearly – perhaps thinking that they’re being “hip”? Please, no! The older I get, the less I can handle bumps-in-the-road, literally AND figuratively! It can be difficult enough already to understand and empathize with one another these days; let’s not obfuscate our message intentionally!
Susan Sontag weighs in on the truth of “the devil’s in the details”: