Grammar Rules Are An Invention. It’s Time To Stop Taking Them So Seriously. | Think | NBC News

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


2:33


... Booyah!

Author — Jason Ludwig

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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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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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NBC has been promoting illiteracy for years.

Author — Ox Alek

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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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She seems very smart! I also love her hair.

Author — Katie Jo

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

Author — TheBase1aransas

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I knew this was somehow connected to race, but I still clicked. ...smh.

Author — BIG HUNGRY

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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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grammar has a purpose, despite what one might think, other than to serve as a platform for criticism of others. it creates a standard for written communication that provides a basis for clarity and a consequent reduction in misunderstanding. of course, that doesn't preclude the possibility that grammar can be creative and viewed as some kind of art form, thus serving two masters. on one hand the photos of birds in an encyclopedia, and on the other like the photographic artwork of an adams or lebowitz.

Author — Blade Runner

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

Author — Tony V.

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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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Cecelia Watson is an invention (of her parents). It's Time To Stop Taking HER So Seriously.

Author — slfudct

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This is a dumb idea! Return to prehistoric times....we need to be articulate!

Author — ritaperdue

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

Author — robbinghudd

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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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Some people should not be allowed onto the internet... or anywhere they can influence others.

Author — Lori Ellen Brochhagen

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i wish they would standardize everything, even accents. i have a hard time leaving Brooklyn tv and movies speak weird english to me. bostonians sound tongue tied

Author — Bob Joy