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The capacity to express oneself well in writing is a critically important skill used throughout life in myriad circumstances. While rules regarding grammar, punctuation, and proper sentence structure have changed somewhat over the years, they still matter tremendously. A misplaced or missing comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence. Ah, the lowly comma, so abused, so misunderstood, yet a critical component to our language. Consider the old standby, "Let's eat, Grandma!" without the comma. It is far from alone. Punctuation replaces vocal inflection and body language of speech when we translate it to the page. It brings clarity to the words. How punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence is seen in a non-classic pairing,
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Formatting has changed in recent years. The steadfast rule of two spaces after a period is rapidly disappearing. APA, MLA, and other research formats no longer require it, accepting the more commonly used single space that has taken over vernacular writing and publishing. After all, a blank space takes up just as much room as a letter, so let's fill it up.
Are you old enough to have learned how to type on a manual or electric typewriter? Probably not. They've become tools of the past, replaced by dedicated word processing equipment, then personal computers. Being able to write on a computer has become part of our educational system from kinder on up. Yet what was done with typewriters is still done today - writing, creating conceptually new information, leaving a little piece of history, putting forth ideas to see where they take us. We rely heavily on our word processing programs to correct us because of the importance of being accurate, especially if they are words we are putting out into the world with our name on it. We want to get it right.
In our contemporary culture of instant messaging with limited space, abbreviations and an utter lack of punctuation and even proper spelling has taken over. At a local elementary school I was appalled to discover children were learning how to interpret IMs and write their own in place of lessons on how to properly construct a sentence or paragraph.
Yet the need to write in the appropriate format, spelling and grammar correct, punctuation in the right place, are still an imperative. In scholastic circles professors have to express themselves clearly to pass on lessons to their students. In turn, students have to be able to interpret that information, formulate their own ideas, and write about it in a manner that is not only proper but holds the reader's interest. Masters' theses and doctoral dissertations must have proper grammar, punctuation, and precise formatting, or they will be rejected. For the reader, poor formatting, punctuation, and grammar are stoppers. It interrupts the flow of thought and may even give rise to questioning the veracity of the entire paper because of a smattering of distracting mistakes.
In the workplace and in the classroom, copying pounds of data is a common and frequently essential practice. However, that process also brings forward computerized code, extra lines, ellipses gone wild, missing or garbled characters, and a rash of errors that need to be corrected. Cleaning it up is incredibly tedious, takes too much valuable time and attention, and the average eye may skip over vital mistakes. If you lead the hectic life most students and instructors do, you simply don't have time to check every little detail. Take 'smart quotes' for instance, those little straight quotes that don't match the rest of the text's familiar curly quotes. Or tabs that are just slightly out of alignment that throw off the look of the entire page. How good are you at those Facebook quizzes that test your editor's eye? Most people read right past an extra 'the' or a missing word. Yet all those corrections matter. It can mean the difference between understanding what is on the page and the writer being, well, wrong.
You're prepping your resume, cutting and pasting from old ones to get it just right for that perfect job. Did you notice that weird character in the middle of the page before you sent it? Was it spaced evenly, bringing the eye to the most pertinent points? Were all the apostrophes in the right places? Did you use brackets where you should have used parentheses? A short dash where there should be a long one? A circumflex where a tilde should be? Do you even know what a circumflex or a tilde is? You may not know the difference, but your future boss might. A simple mistake may make a difference between being called for an interview and ending in the reject file. After all, they are going to expect nothing less than your best if you get the job. If there are mistakes in what you present, it's pretty much over before you begin.
In more ancient times most people turned to scribes for their writing needs, because they did not know how to read or write. We have long since learned that a solid education opens the world to us. Without reading and writing there is no education. Without systems of punctuation, formatting, and sentence structure, there is no consistency so that we may learn and pass on what we know. Yet in today's fast-paced world we forget how truly important the proper writing is. It is our word. Our voice. A little fragment of who we are. Let's try and get it right.