Grammar can be tricky, right? People screw it up all the time. They confuse infer with imply. Compliment with complement. They insult you by saying, “Your a moron.”
No, actually, you’re a moron.
And then, of course, there’s all those problems with it’s and its. Or should I say it this way? “There are all those problems with it’s and its.” Not to mention affect and effect.
And does this grammar stuff even matter? Isn’t being casual cool?
Yeah, sure, if that’s what you want to be, but there’s a difference between being casual and being stupid, between being cool and being a moron. You can be a casual professional or a casual, or even full-time, idiot. There’s definitely a point where being casual becomes being sloppy.
I make grammar mistakes all the time. My wife fixes them. I don’t make them because I don’t know the rules, I make them because I write fast and my brain does dumb things. Or maybe it’s my fingers.
I might say something like this: “Here’s you’re free gift.” Because I’m always giving out free gifts. Or I might say. “I right fast.”
I know these are mistakes, but somehow, I don’t see them.
The brain makes mistakes.
And these mistakes can add up. Actually, all it takes is one to make you look bad.
That’s why it’s important to have an editor and to review what you’ve done. And of course, it really helps if you know the actual rules and avoid anything that gives you trouble. For instance, most people just can’t seem to get the hang of infer. So they should leave it alone.
So here’s a post by Brian Clark of Copyblogger fame. He calls it 15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly. He’s being nice. They make you look like an idiot.
Anyway, this is a nice collection of goofy grammar, but also notice how he uses what they call “infographics” to get the point across. The graphics are really nice. Infographics are hot. They’re one of those next big things.
I’ll bet Copyblogger just hired a graphic artist or something. A really good one.
The infographics are engaging and fun, but are they worth the trouble? Do they add any value to the actual information?
Beats me. Just thought I’d ask. Please come back after you visit Copyblogger. We need you more than they do.