More cool Facebook pages for grammarians…

It’s an interesting phenomenon to see the groundswell of grammarians creating special homes (pages) on Facebook to not only learn how to handle certain grammar and style issues but also express their frustration with people who don’t seem to care if they make mistakes. One of the pages I just came across illustrates with its own name how correct punctuation can save lives! ; – ) Granted the name is a bit odd, but the absence of a comma really puts “Grandma’s” life in jeopardy with the first version below featured on the Facebook page entitled as follows:

‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ or, ‘Let’s eat, Grandma!’ Punctuation saves lives.

http://tinyurl.com/yhxom7u (Ironically, there’s a bit of an issue with that title as those quoted statements should be enclosed in double quotes and not single quotes as they aren’t being used inside another quote–but the page founders get credit for their efforts and for their passion about the language. I posted a note about it–perhaps it will be fixed by the time you visit the page.)

Grammar Girl’s page is still absolutely among my favorites (go to www.facebook.com/GrammarGirl), and you can check out Mignon Fogarty’s great site and subscribe to e-mail updates. I also feature her Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing book and the clever and helpful CD set for the same book on the Resources page of my www.thegordongroupllc.com Website.

Other Facebook pages focused on grammar and style include Good Grammar Is Hot, presumably so we know we won’t be nerds for caring. Another one worth checking out is I judge you when you use poor grammar, which is also the name of a book that features photos of bad grammar as it appears in the real world on signs and elsewhere.

Yes, it’s true! Using the language properly, especially in business communications, not only impacts whether your message gets through as you intended—as Grandma found out above—but the failure to do so can have genuine impact on the success of advertising, RFPs, résumés, and other important messaging when you need to ensure that you’re showcasing yourself and/or your business in the best light.


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