The Queen’s English
Australia is an English-speaking country and our language originated in England. We still belong to the British Commonwealth and although I’d love to see this country a republic, this is not the time.
We have become very, very LAZY when it comes to the written word. As we get (supposedly) smarter, we get lazier. Many words have been abbreviated to the point where they’ve lost their original meaning and have become something else.
The standard of grammar and spelling in this country is at times appalling. In my travels down the East Coast I have been constantly ‘bombarded’ with examples of poor, lazy English. Signwriters are the worst culprits.
Texting abbreviations are fine if you’re texting, but should not be used in any other form of communication.
Some common (irritating) mistakes I have seen include,
your instead of you’re (you are),
definately instead of definitely,
accomodation instead of accommodation,
mangos instead of mangoes,
it’s (it is) instead of its (possession).
Just about every sign I have seen in Queensland containing a plural word has an apostrophe. What a lot of rot! An apostrophe is used for an abbreviation or as a possessive noun, NOT A PLURAL.
And now for a short story….
The other day we visited an upmarket women’s store in Airlie Beach, Queensland. Its neon sign contained the word Accessory’s. I went in and asked the lady behind the counter, if she knew that there was a spelling mistake on the sign. She replied that she knew that it was not correct but that it was the American way of spelling the word, and it had to be that way because another company had used the correct spelling in their sign. CAN YOU BELIVE THAT!! By the way, that’s not the American spelling.
You may think why I’m bothering with correct spelling and grammar and that it does not matter. WELL IT DOES MATTER AND WE SHOULD CARE. NO WONDER OUR CHILDREN CAN’T SPELL!! STANDARDS DO MATTER. WE AREN’T AS CLEVER AS WE THINK WE ARE!!
Now I’ve had my rant I’ll sign off, sit down and have a soothing cup of tea, Dilmah of course!