Writing and Speaking

Why Are We Losing the Ability to Speak/Write Correctly?

It’s not just reporters, it’s everyone. It’s web-casters, celebrities, politicians, people who post articles, etc. How’s this for a quote, “Today is the time, and now is the place”. Senator Kennedy actually said this in public a few days ago.

Over the past few weeks, in print, on the radio, on the television, here are a few examples of what I’ve heard/read and made note of.

“After we’ve installed your new hot-water heater….”

“You’ll find that our sherbert is the smoothest and creamiest….”

(Person approaching fast food counter) – “Can I have ….”

“Well, it’s your prerogative to think that way,….”

“Cold effects the body, and theirby…” (not a typo).

Doesn’t anybody proof read anymore? How about using spell check? How about re-reading what you’ve written?

I don’t profess to be an expert, it’s just that you would think if one’s profession was to communicate – via whatever medium – they would strive to be the best.

Now, I know as well as you, that there are gaffs during a broadcast. And we all chuckle at the mistake as does the speaker. But how often have you heard someone mis-speak and you know they don’t even realize that they have erred.

The next time you are watching the news, TiVo the news report and go back and carefully listen to it again. You’ll be surprised.

Regarding the above examples:

It’s a water heater, not a hot water heater. If the water were hot you wouldn’t need a heater.

It’s spelled sherbet. There is only one “R”.

It’s spelled prerogative.

Cold affects the body, and thereby…

I could go on for pages, but you get my drift.