A good writer encourages experimentation with words. Experimentation leads to discovery and evolution. Plus, it makes things fun. That said, a good writer should abhor loosey-goosey play with punctuation however. Rarely anything gets my goat more (except maybe spelling but that can be forgiven to a point) than the horrible use of punctuation in writing – whether that is in a book, digital format, online, or in a phone text. Nothing denotes a fundamental lack of giving a good goddamn more to me than the apparent deliberate misuse or lack of caring to use punctuation. It looks both ignorant and stupid.
The sad thing is that, according to SourceFed (and if you don’t know what this is, check Youtube, people, and enlighten yourselves to genuis; also check Phillip DeFranco’s channel), a recent study shows that the population of the United States of America is becoming dumber.
That’s right, less intelligent than their ancestors. So Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad, are actually smarter than you. See the SourceFed video here. Joe Beretta pointedly brings up the lack of comma usage in the segment which led me to my writing rant for the day. (I would have entitled the piece “Random Rant” but, since it’s writing-related, it isn’t true randomness.)
Want to be a little more intelligent when it comes to written communication? Try using this tiny book with big impact – Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. It’s inexpensive, simply written, and can make even the most confused person able to write intelligently.
And, let’s face it, once you’re able to write more intelligently, you’re able to think more intelligently. The world then becomes a better place.
bitch rant of the day. Thank you for your time and consideration while riding. Here’s another SourceFed about intelligence, just for the hell of it.