You've probably read the recent study that says that the most secure computer passwords are those that use bad grammar. For some, this is just another example of how technology is corrupting the English language.
What are some other situations in our society where technology seems to encourage the use of bad grammar?
Blogging: Typically, content indexed by search engines must be longer than 250 words. As a result, bloggers (who stylistically tend to use shorter sentences and paragraphs) may write run-on posts to meet with these indexing requirements. Fitting SEO keywords into a blog post is also a culprit of awkwardly worded sentences in blog posts.
Job Search: In the past, job seekers were required to mail their resume to potential employers, and print out copies to share during the interview process. Today, in the age of email and Linkedin, a job seeker may never see the physical copy of his/her resume -- making it easy to miss mistakes that s/he could have discovered if s/he spent some time reading the physical copy.
Rap Music: Some people believe that poor grammar in songs is a creative choice; others assume that it is a reflection of the poor grammar that musicians grow up hearing. Still others say that improper grammar is a reflection of confining word choice, and is the result of trying to fit specific ideas into the meter of a song.
Texting: Texts are typically abbreviated phrases that communicate specific ideas. Because proper grammar is not policed in mobile communication, many “texters” do not have the opportunity to practice writing correctly.
Obviously, it is not always possible to use proper grammar. Digital passwords are a great example of a situation when using poor grammar is actually encouraged. However, in most situations, proper grammar helps students get better grades, professionals accelerate their career progress, and language learners improve their written English.
Is poor grammar becoming a societal necessity? Is it ever okay to give a pass to quality writing? Share your comments below.