Sunday, August 16, 2009

u is not you

I am in a tizzy, my knickers are all knotty and my feathers are ruffled.

I simply cannot take it anymore. I need to vent, I refuse to continue sitting idly while basic spelling and grammatical rules continue to be abused!

Ok, that is a little dramatic, but it really does annoy me.

Every week I am sent a newsletter from a particular company (who I shall not name) that is drenched with poor grammar and spelling mistakes. Normally, I would simply delete an email such as this and move along (how can you take a business seriously that continually makes basic spelling and grammar mistakes?) but I really like this girl’s wares and genuinely like to know what the latest buzz is over at her website, however, when newsletter after newsletter contains endless spelling and grammatical mistakes - which not only looks unprofessional, but also makes the content quite hard to read - I cannot help but wonder whether it is really worth the effort, I literally cringe when I read it. 

So, please, if you will, let me step-up onto my soapbox. I will try to keep it short:

The word ‘you’ consists of three letters, Y. O. U.
‘You’ is not spelt with a singular ‘u’, ‘u’ is a letter, not a word. Whilst abbreviations have their place, ‘u’ is not an abbreviation of the word ‘you’. ‘U’ when used to imply ‘you’, is incorrect spelling.

The start of a new sentence demands a capital letter, not a lower case letter, a C.A.P.I.T.A.L. letter and while on the subject of capital letters, please spare a thought for the letter ‘i’. 

‘I’ is to be capitalised when used as a reference to oneself. Always. Not sometimes. Always!

Full stops always come at the end of a sentence, without it, the sentence does not come to completion. Once you reach the end of your sentence and begin a new one, please, please, don’t forget to leave a space between the full stop and the first word of the new sentence - this rule goes for commas as well. In fact, it goes for most forms of punctuation.

When you make reference to multiples of an object, it is not a case of simply slapping on an apostrophe and an ‘s’. Apostrophes are not used to represent plurals, rather they are used to show possession and note the use of a contraction, i.e., Dress becomes Dresses, not dress’s.

One explanation mark is enough! The emotion conveyed does not gain strength based on how many you use!!!!! You don’t need to use ten!!!!!!!!!!

It’s basic, but important nonetheless.

There. I said it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Death of Bunny Munro

As you may know (or maybe not!) I am a huge and I mean huge fan of Nick Cave - he literally makes me swoon - and I simply have to share with you his novel, 'The Death of Bunny Munro'.

Scoot on over to the website, you will be glad you did:
Be sure to click on the 'Audio Book' link and experience the wonder of Nick Cave for yourself.

'"I am damned," thinks Bunny Munro in a sudden moment of self-awareness reserved for those who are soon to die.'