A very funny friend sent this to me and I absolutely love it.
I searched the Internet to find the source of the quote and the clever symbol of the red editing pencil that accompanied it, but all I discovered was a Facebook page.
A couple of years ago, I participated in an argument — “argument” defined as debate, but it did get heated — with an intelligent young woman who maintained that as long as one is understood, that that’s good enough. Grammar is nothing more than a snobbish reference to the past, she said.
Now, one might accurately suggest that sometimes my French could be defined as “communicating mostly effectively” with a few slip-ups on the verb front. Still, I wish my French were as close to perfect as possible. That’s probably never going to happen and it’s a shame.
I think it’s quite sad that one doesn’t care to at least try to speak and write one’s mother tongue as correctly and beautifully as possible.
OK, now I feel better. Mini rants are so liberating. Don’t you agree?