The other day I was surfing around inside Facebook and saw a post that was created by my 14-yr old daughter. One of her older high-school friends made a comment on her post and in the comment she said this, “…I want to no all about it…”. Â I made the remark to my daughter how disappointing it was that this high school student didn’t even know the difference between ‘no’ and ‘know’. Â My daughter said, ‘Oh, it’s just Facebook.’
I can’t really explain just why that bothered me, but it did. I am getting old, it’s true. And I know that as the generations get older they complain about the generations following them. Â Nothing new there. So I guess it is to be expected. But it just bothers me that little things like grammar don’t seem to mean much to kids today.
Maybe I am just overly concerned with being ‘correct’. Â Am I being too picky about this or what? Â I mean, it is just wrong to use the word ‘no’ when the correct word is ‘ know’. It’s not like there is even a debate about that. Â If this kid grows up to be my doctor, I certainly hope that she spells my medication properly on the prescription, you know? Â Then I hear the argument that ‘well, it is just the informal way that young people communicate today, and they won’t do that when they get into the workplace.
Well, I can tell you that I have a bunch of Â young people who work for me, and they all do this. It drives me bananas. Â In formal communication they do this… bad grammar, abbreviations, etc. Â Not just in texting. It is starting to spill over to all aspects of their lives, and I don’t know what can be done about it. Â Maybe nothing. Â Maybe I am just being a cratchety old man. Maybe I shouldn’t care, I mean, is the world really in trouble just because she used the word ‘no’ when the correct word was ‘know’? Â Is all hope lost just because my daughter sees nothing wrong with it? No, I don’t guess all hope is lost.
But she better get my prescription right. I don’t want to start growing hair on my elbows or something.