Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Bread or Bred? Alter or Altar?
Does anyone ever have an overwhelming urge to correct other blogger's grammar, punctuation, or spelling?

I have. And I'll even admit that sometimes I make mistakes, and have had them pointed out to me. I am not perfect, far from it, but along with what you write, how you write says a lot about you. I do my best to write correctly while still keeping my southern persona intact. Hopefully, I'm doing all right.

Today I ran across a myspace page and saw this: "southern born southern bread thats what ill be till im dead".

Now, I am not bashing the site itself, even though it did have a racist post that I found very offensive, but the lack of punctuation screams, "I flunked English!"

It's the IMing generation and whatever is fastest wins, I guess. Abbreviated writing on your blackberry or your cell phone might work, but not in everyday writing folks. Take the time to use correct writing skills on your blogs and webpages and you will be seen as literate by your peers. Of course, that might not be what you want....

A few weeks ago, on MSNBC no less, I noticed a spelling error that was missed by the big honchos of editing. It was a story of some celebrity getting married again and the ticker that flashed across the screen was "blah blah blah..back to the alter?"

Alter? or Altar? Correct spelling in this case was "altar". The fact that this was so blantant on a Cable news network baffled me. And it stayed on the screen a looooong time and no one caught it.

And for the Myspace page above? My first thought when I read the title was an image of a loaf of Sunbeam bread. I mean, after all, you are BRED in the south, north, whatever, and you eat BREAD on a sandwich. There is a difference.
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I'm just a mom of two, a crafter of jewelry, and to keep my sanity among the Yankees (kidding)I write southern-themed poetry, short stories and memoirs. I have been published on the web on sites such as USA Deep South, Southern Humorists, Muscadine Lines - A Southern Journal, Mosaic Minds and Long Story Short. I am also a contributor in Dew on the Kudzu and Weight-Loss Articles.com where I write dieting humor.

And this is my blog... Kudzu, funny family stories, poems, family ghosts, snakes, sun-kissed southern memories all inside! Plus some travel reviews, recipes and more! I also make handcrafted jewelry! Check out my jewelry blog - Colors of the Woods

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