Lern To Write, Morans!
Geez, people, LinkedIn is a social network for the perfessional workforce. About half of us are making over $100,000 dollars per year. Thirty-eight per cent are college-educated. Would it kill you to proof read what you write – and what you pass on from others – as though your actually in command of you're native language? Its LinkedIn, not YouTube.
My LinkedIn fellow blogger Susan Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, blogs regularly on the importance of communicating in your mother tongue, which in our part of the world is Inglish. Susan points out the common mistakes people make in business writing when there in a hurry or rely two heavily on spellcheck or just should have been held back a semester in Comp 101.
(No, a homophone is not someone who’s against two guys getting married.)
My rant is prompted by the number of visaul memes shared on LinkedIn which contains usually about a half dozen words, or 10-12 at the most, with one or more errors. Maybe it’s the LOLcats effect, which encourages bad spelling, pitiful punctuation and syntactic sins, but I’d remind folks that LinkedIn doesn’t cater to cats. It’s a busyness network, rather than a more social one like Face book or Instagram. What you pass on reflects on you, even if you didn’t create it yourself.
(No, I’m telling you you’re missing something! Twice!)
Some folks complain about the somewhat unprofessional messages and memes posted on LinkedIn, which is a matter of personal preference. I for one am not much interested in religious exhortations to follow a particular deity, genius tests or non-work-related political posts, but I could live with them if whoever generated the memes had simply proofread their work. Or maybe they’re just ignerint of their misteaks.
(I’ll bet Einstein never talked about something he couldn’t spell)
(Im not doing business with you until you punctuate!)
I propose a boycott! One in which LinkedIn users raise the standard of communication by refusing too post or share any meme that doesn’t promote proper expression of the Kings English. If you see a meme you’d like to share but it don’t got no good English in it, correct it by reproducing your own at the Meme Generator. It removes the text and leaves you to type your own.
You can’t do anything about people encouraging you to Praise Pasta and worship the Great Flying Spagetti Monster, and you’ll probably never prove yourself a genus, but at least you won’t look like a idiot passing on a meme that looks like it was written by Dan Quail.
(Faulty math memes, however, are not the subject of this rant)
Nicole Chardenet is a freelance writer and language translation softwrae schlepper who hopes youve lerned a good lesson about the importance of not looking like an illiterit moron. if you'd like her to write for you please contact her at email@example.com, where she promises to do a better job proofreading than she did here.