Serious Grammar Issues

I understand that not everyone in my generation has learned to type. And I understand that when you are in a hurry, it’s easy to get a little lax in your spelling. But for Pete’s sake, EMBRACE PARAGRAPHS!!!

Here’s a sample of a request that showed up in my inbox this morning. Some of the nouns have been changed to protect the innocent. Capitalizations, misspellings and case mismatches have been preserved to show you the living hell that is my work.*

Here is a summary of where the delay is that I see in widgetmaster.
Primarally, sense the recent changes it has focused around adding
locations to hampsters. Typically, to add locations we follow the
following process/set of menues From the main menu up top we
select critter info then edit location. This brings up the new interface
where you define swith and pelts for the hampsters with 2 drop down
menues. One for zone/type and one for waterbowlname. This part of the
process runs rather smoothly. At this point you will see displayed a
list of available pelts for assignment. The delay occures durring the
actual assignment phase. After you select a particular pelt and define
what its function is going to be you click on the provision buttion at
the bottom of the screen. It takes a large amount of time for widgetmaster to
update from that point. This isn’t a major problem with single critter
setups but if we are doing a large migration this could cause us wasting
a lot of time. Thats the only real concern I have about it now.
Everything else seems to finally be working ok sense the changes were
implemented.

I used to be almost pathological with my reaction to this stuff. There was a point about two years ago, when I was really unhappy at work, when I would savage the slightest grammatical error. I would write people back unsolicited edits of their e-mails and press releases. Needless to say, I was being much more of an asshole than was really appropriate. I finally realized that I was going over the deep end of Grammar Nazism and pulled myself together.

But I do still sometimes wipe out apostrophes on sidewalk menus when they write things like “Beef Poboy Sandwich’s $350”.

So much for daily annoyances. I’m planning some changes in my schedule, and I’m going to make changes in my blogging habits to reflect that.

From here on out, there will be three updates each day. One will have to do with knitting, one with my exercise regimen, and one with violin playing. If there’s a pressing need for a personal update outside of those, I’ll chuck that in too. Since this is my personal journal as well as a broadcast site, I’m hoping that adjusting the way I use it will help me keep on track with the way I want to live my life.

*I don’t really consider work a living hell. But I really like reading and writing, and seeing people mutilate it in this fashion just drives me nuts.

No Responses to “Serious Grammar Issues”

  1. Jon Says:

    I’m just scared of a $350 poboy. Not so po’…

  2. Lisa, Mike, Jack, Della Says:

    Cool! Three updates a day! You-go-guy!

    Re: that email you’ve presented. Wow. That’s just sloppy. I think people who write like that and expect you to figure out what the meaning is are just being passive-agressive. Or perhaps even downright hostile. I try to ignore them, but it’s hard when it’s in your inbox. Hang in there!

  3. Kaetchen Says:

    My head hurts now.

    A big part of my job these days is writing. I spend chunks of each day correcting writing similar to that horror you posted.

    My personal rule is to boycott any business with grammar or spelling errors in their advertising. Use that apostrophe to indicate a plural instead of possession and I’ll keep my $10, thanks. Grr. English is difficult, sure – but come on!

  4. ABQ Woman Says:

    Looks like it was written by an engineer.