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Jenna Finn | Wednesday, February 26, 2014 14 Comments
The Past, the Present, and the Future Walked Into a Bar. It Was Tense
Welcome to 2014 – the year of the Horse, Radiant Orchid, and constant communication. Although we are talking to others all the time, they way we are communicating has drastically changed. Why write letters when you can send an email, a tweet, or a text? Why take the time to write words out when you can abbreviate them as LOL, BRB, or WTF? Will grammar and punctuation stay relevant or will commas be replaced by hashtags and emojis?
In public relations, grammar and punctuation are more important than ever. In the PR field, our job is to communicate effectively and efficiently – and that’s hard to do with spelling errors, misplaced punctuation, and incorrect grammar. A pitch filled with glaring mistakes is also a fast way to land your e-mail right into a reporter’s trash folder. In 2014, let’s all channel our inner “grammar nerd” and remember some very important rules that every PR practitioner should know:
- There, they’re, and there are not interchangeable. Not now, not ever.
- An apostrophe does not make something plural. Rather, it makes something possessive.
- There are set rules for comma usage. For 13 rules for using commas without looking like an idiot, check out this great Business Insider article – and remember, commas save lives…
If you’re ever in need of a quick grammar check, here are some great resources I often use as a guide:
I’ll confess, I’m a big grammar nerd. Are you? Feel free to share your grammar pet peeves, your favorite grammar rules, and your go-to grammar resources here.
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Deirdre Carey | Monday, February 6, 2012 22 Comments
YMNKM, but I am a SWF, and mom of 2.
Both my children have cellphones, both text and my teenage son is on FB constantly.
I consider myself pretty hip. I mean, I own an iPhone, post on FB and wear skinny jeans with UGGS. Yes, I text too. However, as a writer, it is hard for me not to use proper sentence structure, grammar even when communicating through mobile devices. I know my lengthy, full sentences (okay, paragraphs), grammatically correct, properly punctuated texts drive people nuts, especially my kids, who I know take one look at a text (novel) from me and actually read it in its entirety. But all these text & chatting acronyms drive me crazy.
I have no issue with the ones I’ve known and used since my youth: BBQ, BYOB, MYOB, FYI, PDQ, TGIF, ASAP, ETC., XOXO (which, BTW, I believe I coined back in the 8th grade as a way to sign all the letters I wrote and passed to my BFF’s in class, and am now wishing I trademarked because everyone uses it today!) And of course, my three favorites: PYT & TLC (thanks to endless hours of listening to my Michael Jackson Thriller album). And NKOTB (If you don’t know who I’m referring to, then you might not be cool enough to be texting anyway. I’m just sayin’).
So, in an effort to up my texting etiquette, and have the ability to decode what my kids are saying when I spy on their phones & FB posts, I did what every red blooded American would do, I turned to Google to find the top most popular text & chat acronyms.
Here’s my .02.
YMAK a lot of acronyms, but BM&Y, IDK many!
KYFC I use acronyms correctly when chatting with BFF’s.
U may think TPS
Here are my top 11 (it doesn’t always have 2B 10) new favorites I will use often:
1) TNSTAAFL – There’s no such thing as a free lunch
2) RUOMCUMHD – Are you on medication because you may have missed a dose
3) FCOL – for crying out loud! (An expression my mom used on a daily basis when I was a kid. That and “I’m going to brain you! WT* does that even mean? IDK)
4) GOYHH <insert name> – get off your high horse
5) ^5 – High-five (how did I NOT know that one?)
6) BISFLATM – But I still feel like a turquoise monkey
7) LMKITWFY – let me know if that works for you
8) HFAC – Holy flipping animal crackers
9) YYSSW – Yeah, yeah, sure, sure, whatever
10) RME – rolling my eyes (I will use this one the most!)
11) SWAK – Sealed with a kiss (since everyone stole my xoxox!)
And here is one I’m going making up myself that I hope catches on:
TSWCOT! – The sun will come out tomorrow! Y? Because it’s positive, it’s upbeat, and I’ve always been a huge fan of Annie the musical TYVM!
What a GR8 learning experience!
10Q 4 reading my post!
Have 2 GBTW now
PS: Ne1 want 2 add?
FF to comment.
No TMI PLS.