Some days I wonder about the caliber of people in the world. Most days I do, actually. But when #youknowyourfat became a popular topic on Twitter this afternoon (or a trending topic, as those who are Twitter-hip call those popular topics), I groaned. Really, Twitter populace? Did the person who started this topic even think before hitting post?
So even though it pained me to type it, I typed, #youknowyourfat is evidence of what schools have stopped teaching.
Maybe it’s not completely the schools’ fault. I’ve been out of high school and the public school system for nearly five years, and I’ve had some excellent teachers during that time, including some literature teachers who encouraged my love of writing and books. Scrolling through that trending topic was not good for a grammarian’s already-weakened heart because so few people caught on to the obvious error in the hashtag.
Then #onlyahoewould began to trend. Hoe? Really? A quick look at the search results revealed exactly what I thought: They weren’t talking about the garden tool, the military test, the train scaling method, the town in England, the Korean dish, or Plymouth Hoe. Just like this afternoon, very few people caught on, but of the few who did, the results were humorous, and I decided to have a field day with it based on all the different variants of hoe. Who knew that there was a form of farming called hoe-farming? Now we do. Accept no substitutes for the hoe.
2 replies on “Hoes and grammatical errors”
Partly it’s schools, and yet I think many people who care about spelling/punctuation–or words in general, really–have more to thank than schools. They owe much to individuals, be they teachers, parents, or their own incentive to learn and take an interest. I guess ultimately that’s ultimately what it depends on–individuals.
I’m no grammar nazi, but 1) the hoe thing is really ridiculous, and 2) what bothers me most about poor grammar in trending topics is that if I want to participate, I can’t … cannot … make myself type that way. It’s unfair! 😛
Okay, okay, I guess I’m done for now. Maybe I’ll blog about it too while I’m at it. 😉
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