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We’ve heard it–but now here’s an infographic and data citing texting really can hurt grammar!

This piece offers greater substantiation for the often-heard claim that texting is having impact on grammar and style usage of those who text.
Here’s a deeper look at the effects and possible ramifications, including an infographic and data from PR Daily: http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14519.aspx#

Granted, it IS harder and more cumbersome to try to punctuate properly when texting even if using a fairly intuitive interface, such as talk to text, word completion, etc., for the actual words themselves–but per this article (and others) the legacy that has been created by all of this convenience and sometimes even laziness is a more accepting attitude about poorly constructed communications… It’s not always true that “they’ll know what I meant”!

A great article from PR Daily… tips for avoiding low-hanging jargon!

http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/13932.aspx

Welcome to the 9th Annual National Punctuation Day!

Welcome to the 9th annual National Punctuation Day! According to organizers, the holiday “celebrates the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”

There’s even a punctuation challenge. Click here for more info! http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com/

Mignon Fogarty: Grammar Tips: 7 Words You’re Probably Misusing (plus learn what it means when a phrase gets skunked!)

Check out this piece from Mignon Fogarty aka Grammar Girl on Huffington Post: “Mignon Fogarty: Grammar Tips: 7 Words You’re Probably Misusing” and there’s an added bonus because the explanation for one of them (see Just Desserts!) has some good insight into when a phrase gets “skunked.” Click through to see what that’s about, and you’re likely to find that it’s really safest to stop using any version of the phrase as part of the population is going to always think you’re wrong regardless which way you go with it!

It’s also a good guideline to follow when you’re writing copy, too–even if you’re technically right on a usage point–if it’s going to make people think you’re wrong, recast/reorder/rewrite the sentence or find another way to word it that will leave your readers at peace and getting the message.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mignon-fogarty/grammar-tips-misused-words_b_1668438.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#slide=1216895″ title=”7 Words You’re Probably Misusing”

How do you pronounce these 21 whimsical words (from PR Daily)? http://bit.ly/HzdnO1

How do you pronounce these 21 whimsical words (from PR Daily)? http://bit.ly/HzdnO1

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