Re: Why grammar, punct. etc. matters (was Re: (Zachary) tayloring)

Subject: Re: Why grammar, punct. etc. matters (was Re: (Zachary) tayloring)
From: Sam Buttice <sbuttice -at- TRANSPORT -dot- BOMBARDIER -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 10:16:27 -0500

Bill wrote:

"As a onetime working college student, I'd like to make the following
friendly suggestion: Watch punctuation in your emails -- they're YOU. In
the "real world," nobody takes points off for this kind of stuff, but it
certainly can color people's perceptions of you. Just as you wouldn't come
to the office wearing horribly grungy old jeans and a torn sweatshirt with
holes in in it lest people wonder what your problem is, you want to meet
the
criteria for standard, everyday business English. Down the line, you'll
make a more favorable impression if you're careful to appear highly
literate. (Also, correct punctuation can make writing easier for others to
read.)"


I agree. If you receive an E-mail message that is RIDDLED with mistakes
then telling that person (as you did) is the correct thing to do. I would
certainly want to be told.

What I disagree with is receiving a message telling me I made one
INSIGNIFICANT mistake in twenty lines of written text (this has happened).
IMO, a little common sense applied here and there would stop a lot of the
ongoing bickering between list members.

Sam Buttice
Technical Writer


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