Professional Grammar

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Professional Grammar
Grammar is a hot topic in our digital age. With phrases such as “I can haz chezberger?” and “Grammar Nazi” floating around various websites, and the capability of shortening every type of written correspondence, it is easy to become lazy with written word. But, to what end? Is it not possible, even though these “memes” may be in good humor, and that shorthand is just a tool in our busy lives- that it is truly an indicative sign of how our current generation views proper writing in our hyped-up, technological society? I think so. Therefore, proper grammar and correct writing mechanics are essential to success in various facets of our professional and personal endeavors.
In the professional world, words always provide the first impression. From a simple greeting of a handshake and “hello,” to a resume submitted by an applicant, correct language is crucial. As a matter of fact, that first impression can depend on if a potential employee lands a job or not. Kyle Wiens, an author for Harvard Business Review, states “If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building.” While his approach may err on the side of extreme, it still strikes a chord with many.
Grammar is paramount to ensuring communication is concise and accurate in any situation. Anything less, and the original message may be misinterpreted or misconstrued. Because of a simple elementary mistake that is truly avoidable, the recipient of the poorly written/ spoken message is apt to think the sender is uneducated. Even more so, when in a business setting, those simple mistakes can add up. In an eroding economy, perception to a business is everything, and when employees makes their company…...

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