It’s little ironic that I am talking about grammar. English has been second language for me and I still struggle to write grammatically correct. Reading through this post, you will find several grammatical errors, but I hope you will be able to understand what I am trying to say. It may lower your reading speed, but you will interpret correctly. So, grammar is important especially for non-native English speakers to layout their ideas when they don’t have casual voice as non-native speakers have. Its pretty common that native speakers make grammar mistakes more often than non-native speakers when speaking or writing, but rarely noticed. Therefore, non-native speakers can be referred as primary school ‘kids’ who are learning grammar rules, and do care about grammar. Similarly, native speakers can be referred as ‘men’ who don’t care about grammar because they already have communicable voice which is not dependent on grammar. The third entity, ‘legends’ are ignorant or pretend to be ignorant of grammar and get annoyed if you talk about grammar to them. So, what I think?
I agree with Jonathon Owen’s blog post “12 Mistakes Nearly Everyone Who Writes About Grammar Mistakes Makes” that grammar is beyond the ‘set of rules’ and you don’t have to follow the cast-iron grammar in every situation. Even, doing so, will may leave you unshielded in war of words as Katie indicated in her post. I agree with Katie that content of communication is much more important than grammar. Also, firmly adhering to ‘set of rules’ may digress you from audience-targeted writing practice. However, correct use of punctuations is very important in writing as their incorrect use may lead to completely different meaning. For example, look to this sentence- “Let’s eat grandma vs. let’s eat, grandma”, Gini mentioned in her post, “the post/article”, Owen talking about. So, grammar works as catalyst in writing which regulates content where should it go and decides its success.
Simply, I can assume grammar has made to make communication convenient, universal, and productive. There are some flows or disagreement on certain set of rules as different authors clamed different opinions about grammar mistakes in their respective blog posts. So, linguists are required to work on that to make it universal as our ancestor did for us over the time. I disagree with the people who find novel words-that are not in dictionary but are prevalent, as grammar mistake. Human kind is ever evolving in thriving living, so it’s very natural to have novel words. In fact, several novel words are added to dictionaries every year. However, for linguists differentiating between error or invention isn’t that easy.
I think Owen justified the title (12 Mistakes Nearly Everyone Who Writes About Grammar Mistakes Makes) of his blog post by putting some errors in his blog post. He states that his blog post is based on a recent post, then following, he used two different word as a same reference- ‘this post’ and ‘this article’. I don’t know much about word choice, but I found it inconsistent and both words have different meanings. “I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say ‘article’ for blog posts“.