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Grammar Rules Are An Invention. It’s Time To Stop Taking Them So Seriously. | Think | NBC News 2.5
Once upon a time, there were no grammar rules and writers were free to experiment with punctuation as they saw fit. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that grammar books became popular (and lucrative), and the rest is history. Cecelia Watson, author of “Semicolon: The Past, Present and Future of a Misunderstood Mark,” joined THINK to discuss.

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well then people would just have run on sentences that would just go on forever like you know what im sayn!

Author — holdmybeer

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Oh you're so right sister! Imagine what a difference it would make in the world if we just up and trashed anything and everything that's ever come from those vile white men...
No seriously, _think_ about it - I insist..

Author — SineEyed 2020

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Oh, no ! She had to play the race card, didn't she?
Having a good grasp of grammar rules means that one is well educated.

Author — Mottahead

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I would agree, save for the fact that one of writing's chief purposes is to clarify thinking; and, should we abandon those marks which help punctuate our thought and its clarity, we then run the risk of splicing our perception and seeing fragmented thought as the new (ab)normal, if we haven't already.

Author — Louis Schroeder

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Language is an invention. It's time to stop speaking in one.

Traffic laws are inventions. Time to stop obeying them.

Babies are inventions. Time to stop reproducing.

Author — Jason Ludwig

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She seems very smart! I also love her hair.

Author — Katie Jo

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Right, but how can we somehow blame whitey for thi--?


2:33


... Booyah!

Author — Jason Ludwig

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"White-guy English?" That's bigotry.


No. Permission to be ignorant. (I know it's not a proper sentence.)

Author — Don Jindra

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<Big Sigh> "Grammar Rules." Good God. Certainly. Let's ditch them. It's 2019. Given all the problems we have today, God forbid we make serious use of any degree of communication normality to better understand each other. But let us not stop with Grammar. Let's also ditch dictionaries, and actual word meanings. It would make just as much sense.

Author — Lawrence Hawkins

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i’m annoyed with the concept of this video, as well as the person telling it. she is so annoying to look at and listen to, It’s almost as bad as reading run on sentences without a comma

Author — shahla1123

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I'd like to thank my parents, Batman and Wonder Woman.

Author — robbinghudd

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"Foul play not suspected in Epstein's death, but more info needed after autopsy"

A headline...
Lots of people suspect FOUL play...
Can you be a little more specific?

Author — John Billings

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She just means that grammar rules prevent language from further development and optimization. Rules often keep and conserve too many irrational and archaic grammatical garbage, which is, in many cases, simply a decor intended for the joy of the bunch of conservative people. Some languages (usually synthetic languages) often became so polluted that even native speakers can't use language correctly because it is hard to learn and illogical.

Author — fridge666

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NBC has been promoting illiteracy for years.

Author — Ox Alek

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We should all never learn a language and return to grunting?

Author — TheBase1aransas

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Woman rights are a "invention" so its time to stop taking them so seriously..
Right?

Rules keep society from chaos.

Author — cmulder002

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What a LOAD OF BS! Grammar and punctuation add meaning and context to "a word salad".
The speaker herself used grammar and punctuation in this article. You will NOT get that job if your grammar is poor!
Texting to me without punctuation will result in lots of queries - OR being ignore as UNINTELLIGIBLE.
The "rules" were formulated as a means to standardize written text, NOT to reinvent the English language.

Author — Sibusiso Mngadi

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now we’re going backwards innit ? 👍😃

Author — Brian Smith

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Lets all speak ebonics, ize dont need edumication!!!!

Author — Tony V.

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O-o-o-o-o-h! Grammar = Industry = Capitalism = Evil. So, yeah...everybody throw away those evil grammar books, those symbols of Capitalism, and speak and write in his own invented language. This will of course improve communication and understanding! Yes, I see; it's been all these grammar rules imposed upon us by white men that have hindered our intellectual freedom and growth. With this one easy tip, you too can speak and be understood like her does. ...Wait, or would that be: like she do? Oh! never mind - it dont mater enee moor, ah! dont that feel gooder?

Author — TheSwissHillbilly