This one created quite a debate in our staffroom. I really like how the writer articulates his ambivalence on the subject. I can relate. I cringed when I first saw single letters replace words, but there’s a charming subversiveness to “because argument” and “I just can’t.” It is as if the user is interrogating our conventional expectations of grammar and meaning — or maybe not; maybe the user is just lazy. I tend to read too much into things.
I do draw the line, however, at LOL CATZ, but only because I believe that if cats could write, they would have better grammar.
If superfluous commas, misplaced apostrophes (looking at you, it’s/its, they’re/their!), and sentence-ending prepositions make you flinch in horror, you’re in the right place. We take grammar seriously at The Daily Post; my fellow editors and I can often be found quibbling and nitpicking over tenses, modes, and — you guessed it — punctuation. Good writing, though, isn’t merely about adhering to rules. It’s also about knowing how and when to break them. Today, let’s talk about grammar — and the kinds of liberties you might consider taking with it.
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