You know what grinds my gears?
“College level” grammar. Most people can read and comprehend writing that has correct spelling and appropriate (i say appropriate, essentially meaning “readable”) punctuation; if they can’t, then they likely won’t understand “proper” grammar either. I can “,” the shit out of a long sentence and have it be readable. “The average Joe” doesn’t know what the hell a “;” is for and doesn’t care; so, guess what will happen when they see a “;”. They will think “what the fuck is this shit?”, yet when you go to college you’re expected to write for other college students who are suppose to know all this superfluous punctuation. How about we create articles and essays for the masses to understand? That has the possibility to have a much greater impact on society as a whole.
This isn’t C programming, where a dumb-as-a-rock program compiler has to have perfect punctuation after each command, so that it doesn’t turn a write function into a read function. I know, that example went over many people’s heads.
That being said, i do organize my punctuation in a very scientific/logical manner. I don’t put punctuation in quotes unless I’m stating it as part of the quote. For example> John said “what the fuck?”.< Notice the “?” in the quotation of what John said. That’s because i’m quoting a question, not asking one. Also notice the period outside of the quotes, which represents the end of my sentence and separates it from the beginning of the next. To be more scientific and consistent with my logic of quotations, i should capitalize the first letter of that quote or put “…” to show that i’m not quoting John’s entire sentence. I would also like to find an easily recognizable replacement for quotations which would show when a word is being used in a non-literal sense or entirely out of context for a sentence, like *proper* instead of “proper”.
These “proper” standards were developed by people who mainly want their writing to look impressive/”fancy” to others, without triggering their OCD with “cluttered” groups of punctuation. There wasn’t the greatest amount of logic in mind when creating these standards which we are all suppose to follow.