Have you ever gotten a message from someone via a text or e-mail or post on Facebook that was illegible? One that you couldn’t understand, or one you misinterpreted because you couldn’t read it? Or perhaps you receive messages like this on a regular basis. “How is that possible?” some may ask. After all, with the advent of typing, you don’t need to worry about translating bad handwriting, so how could you not read a typed message?
Easily. If the person sending you the message failed to capitalize, punctuation, or write a grammatically correct sentence, you honestly may not be able to understand what they said, regardless of your intelligence. I’m sure you’ve seen it all over the web, the decline of the capital letter, the lack of any punctuation beyond the exclamation point, the abysmal state of spelling. More and more sentences are sent with net-speak abbreviations rather than complete thoughts. And, what’s worse, nine times out of ten, if you correct any of these mistakes, you will be called “a grammar Nazi.”