But it seems that the autocorrect on my friend's phone had caused the misuse of the small "comma in the sky"! It occurred to me that Word and my old steam driven desk top machine had managed to put little green squiggles on my writing for years to suggest that the grammar could be improved... Surely, with all the innovations and apps available for the new technology, and the fact that something the size of a credit card has 10 times the computing power of my fairly obsolete (and very slow) machine, it cannot be beyond the scope of these machines to learn the basic rules of grammar???
How do you soothe a Grammar Nazi ? Say "There , their, they're!!"
I did that just to annoy !!! (yes - it IS wrong)
Now predictive text can also be annoying. My wife hates it. I know why. It is because she needs to look at the word while it is being typed. Most of us are capable of typing the entire word and then checking to see if it got it right and use the "switch" button to rotate through the possible options... She cannot! She has to look as each button is pressed and assumes that the machine has got it wrong as it is guessing the word based upon keys pressed already - rather than the whole word as she is expecting. I have to sit quietly as her expressions of exasperation encroach despair and anger - for any attempt to explain, correct or encourage would reduce our chances of getting to our 42nd wedding anniversary next August!!
Predictive Text can be annoying - but we (everyone other than my wife) know that it works - it has fixed rules and will get to the point where it will list every option based upon the key presses made...
Why can't auto-correct do something similar??
But as well as Grammar, punctuation is important but sadly little use in texts. I always include a question mark or full stop on my texts - it seems only polite. I rarely see such additions on texts I receive...
On occasion I give up... In the Lodge building of Longscar Lodge No 6203 - describing itself as "the hippest, most happening Masonic Lodge in Hartlepool"... I found the following sign in the bar....
|I just ask "from the bar's what ?"|
"You know the question mark, exclamation point, and period, but have you heard of the love point? How about the acclamation point? If you haven’t, the infographic below will introduce you to each one, and they’ll even tell you how to enter them on your computer.
You just might learn a new way to express yourself, even if no one else will understand what you are trying to say."
While I look to a glass of Chateau 41 - I invite you to discuss my use or misuse of quotation marks in this blog... Good Luck...
Old Time Religion