What Drives Me Crazy

As a high-school English teacher, what absolutely drives me crazy is how the "lazy" writing used in text messages, on Facebook and in instant messages doesn't just stay in those places. My students actually turn in formal essays written as if they were sending a text to a friend - complete with the LOLs, poor grammar, atrocious spelling and words that don't even exist (girlz, boi, ax instead of ask, etc.). I used to get frustrated with the run-of-the-mill mistakes like using their instead of there. Now I take one look at a paper I'm about to grade and just groan. It's a nightmare. The English language is a difficult one to master, but can we at least try to preserve its beauty and functionality?
gruuvygirl gruuvygirl
41-45, F
2 Responses May 5, 2012

I've felt that the language used in various types of electronic media would carry over into every day life - and now we have independent confirmation from an educator. We are counting on you to nip this in the bud!<br />
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"Ignorant people think it's the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it's the sickening grammar they use." ~ Mark Twain

Even in elementary school (public school), if we misspelled an answer, it was wrong - zero points for the answer. How else can teachers reinforce the importance of correct spelling?