I deleted several comments from a recent post because it seemed we were getting an international war started in reference to grammar and punctuation in the English language.
I want everyone to feel comfortable here expressing their thoughts, feelings, opinions, as long as they do not attack fellow commenters (or, obviously, speak ill of dear Mr. Armitage).
Errors can and are and will be made in the comments. People multi-task. They are pressed for time. Sometimes our fingers and brains don’t quite connect in the way that they should. It happens to newspaper reporters, to teachers, to professional writers. To any of us. I just happen to have the ability to go in and edit my comments and my posts.
You are all intelligent, educated, well-read people. If you’ve visited very many websites where comments are allowed, then you have likely seen some truly atrocious grammar, spelling and punctuation. I was appalled at some of the comments left at the newspaper website. I haven’t seen that here, not among the native English speakers or those who speak/write it as a second (or third or fourth) language.
This should be a fun place to visit. I want it to be a fun place to visit. No one should be made to feel as if they can’t or shouldn’t comment because they might fail to “dot every i and cross every t.” Certainly, everyone should proof their comments before they hit “send,” but it doesn’t always happen. We are all human–or at least I assume we all are.
Let’s refrain from making comments about our fellow readers’ use of the English language–or any other language, for that matter. Let the issue end here, please. I truly believe that is the way Richard would want it.