This isn’t another political statement, but rather an amusing story that I can relate to easily. I keep hearing arguments from some that language is always evolving, and while it’s true, good grammar doesn’t change as quickly. After at least a thousand years of English evolution, grammar is pretty much stable, I’d say, these days. And you would think that those at the highest echelons of the U.S. government would understand the basics, at least.
So, to see this English teacher not only send the letter back with corrections, but also the reference to a government plain-language site just thrills me.
I found out that I will be teaching another class in the fall at NJIT’s MSPTC program, and it touches on this topic–proper grammar and editing. So you can guess that lately, I’ve been digging into grammar texts and such with a little more vigor than I have in a while, and enjoying the process. So to see this example–well, it might be used in class in the fall. 🙂
What do you think? Should the government–especially high offices–be held accountable for their use of grammar and how they use language? Include your comments below.