Thursday 19th December 2013:

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Number #76 - incorrect usage of grammar;

"Grammar: the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit."

I admit it; when it comes to spelling, grammar and how to communicate the English language, I’m something of a pedant.

Now, I don’t mean to sound self-righteous; writing well is difficult. Sometimes, however, I think some of us don’t realise, or don’t care, just how much our writing can affect our own personal brand.

Did you ever think about what you stand to loose from ensuring your writing is error free and consise ?

For example; I know a hiring manager who immediately discounts potential candidates on finding a single typo within a respective cover letter. It’s pretty tough, I know, but his rationale is that if a prospective candidate can’t put together an error-free cover letter, they’re likely to make other, potentially more costly, mistakes on the job.

I think the increasingly blasé approach to writing and grammar has a lot to do with the ubiquity of new communications channels, whose informality makes the use of abbreviations, emoticons and, sometimes, entirely new words, acceptable and encouraged.

Don't get me wrong, I am impartial to the odd shortening of the phrases Laugh out loud (lol) or To be honest (tbh), but some assholes take it too far.

I understand today's edition was a bit timid, but what can I say...I'm in a good mood.

Yours sincerely,

The Big Bad Bastard.

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