Friday, June 22, 2012

Problems with grammar in the workplace

“Managers are fighting an epidemic of grammar gaffes in the workplace.” So writes Sue Shellenbarger in a June 20 Wall Street Journal article.  Managers tend to attribute this epidemic to the informality of electronic comunication, "where slang and shortcuts are common.” Readers of this blog might cite lax or nonexistent coverage of grammar in some of today’s schools, a point that has been mentioned here recently. Shellenbarger’s article also quotes legal writing expert Bryan Garner, who suggests that the decline in professional copy editing is another cause of rampant grammar gaffes. Whatever their cause, managers say grammar errors "'can create bad impressions with clients, ruin marketing materials and cause communications errors.'"

(jdf)

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