I tip my cap to translators.
Translating from one language to another hurts my brain.
Especially since some languages don’t translate easily. And often times the meaning can get lost in translation.
I think I’m better off writing and speaking English.
Happy National Grammar Day!
Are you ready for these five pet peeves?
- People abusing a word.
- People misusing a word.
- People who confuse two similar words.
- People who don’t proofread their work.
- People who don’t apply corrections to their work.
Conclusion: People peeve me.
You know what would fix that?
If we celebrated language year round.
If more people picked up a book or pencil once every blue moon.
If everyone tried to use good grammar and attempted to write well all the time.
Then people wouldn’t peeve me. Well, they’d peeve me less. Of course, writers and bloggers and readers aren’t just regular people. No no, they’re amazing human beings.
Name one writer who doesn’t apply corrections to his or her work? I don’t count.
Go ahead call me a hypocrite.
Writers are right more often than they are not. If you want a statistic, they are right 99.9 percent of the time. Says who? Says me. The writer. And this isn’t one of those 00.1 percent instances where I’m wrong.
But if you still don’t believe me, here’s a list of reasons.
- Writers are readers. Meaning they read. Meaning they learn. Meaning they acquire knowledge mere non-writers will never acquire. Muhaha.
- Writers are writers. They write words and rearrange these written words. So their grasp of the language they write in is very advanced. You should never question what they say in regards to grammar or spelling. Because they have experience and wisdom.
- Writers are editors. Editors know what they’re doing. They wouldn’t be editors if they didn’t.
- Writers are researchers. And you can be sure they fact check everything.
Am I right or am I right?
Do you want to know a secret?
It’s about me, of course. I would never spill anybody else’s.
I guess it won’t be a secret after you read this post.
If we were face to face right now, I would lean in closer, cup my hand around my mouth, and whisper into your ear:
So I think I secretly want to be an English major. But I’ve been telling people I want to major in journalism. Not that I don’t want to major in journalism. It’s just I feel my first love will always be English, which probably explains my less than stellar grades in other language courses. But that’s a story for another time.
This post is geared mostly towards writers/bloggers but some of the tips can apply to just about everyone.
- Minimize use of articles (a, an, the).
- Omit first person pronouns (I, me, my, myself).
- Use the active voice.
- Don’t be wordy.
- Avoid flowery and condescending language.
- Mention that you can provide clips of published writings and work samples/include them if asked.
- Include contact information. Possibly your website address or blog URL if appropriate.
- Employ powerful verbs: created, devised, developed, drafted, envisioned, established, facilitated, inspired, organized, prioritized, produced, promoted, published, streamlined, etc.
It’s ironic how I’m giving tips on writing a strong resume when my own resume is in a serious need of an overhaul. Credibility diminished by 80 percent.