After having written the recent post, English is a Funny Language, I started being extra cautious at the use of each and every word, for I do not want the little ones to pick up the wrong usage, at least from me.
- I misspell ‘Lose’ with ‘Loose’.
- I use ‘Anyways’ a lot, which is not a correct usage.
- I mess up with ‘where’ and ‘were’.
- I also think I use excess of commas ‘,’ and exclamation marks ‘!’.
- Oversight errors like ‘Bought/Brought’, ‘Its/It’s’
At this point, let me tell you that I am a Software Engineer by way of education. And having learnt to write programs and commands in dBase, BASIC, Foxpro, PASCAL, COBOL, C, C++, VB6, Oracle, Java and SQL queries, the little English I knew also had been flushed down the drain. Luckily, I love to read. But with two little kids I hadn’t read much on anything except tips on motherhood and child psychology between 2005 and 2011. So that’s the background.
For 7 years, day and night, I used to write programs and codes like these, owing to the multiple projects we were supposed to make during our studies. No wonder I use punctuation marks as if distributing candies on my birthday. 😀
I do not wish to attribute my mistakes to these programs, for I love them even now. Taking an alternate career decision was my choice and I do not regret it at all. My parents, especially my Mom, does feel I made a mistake. It was a conscious decision. I may have taken up a career path which might not be giving me lucrative perks, but I am completely satisfied for the amount of time I am able to spend with my kids….err, children. Anu chides me saying,
“Kid is the baby of a goat. Human beings have children, Mamma!”
Here are some write-ups, some real good ones on the common mistake we make with English language. It’ll be good to read, though I am sure I still am going to (see I have improved, I did not use ‘gonna‘ like always :-D) make many more mistakes. But then, one of my teachers in school had once told me,
This is actually a quote by Marva Collins, but I would love to believe it is of that teacher. For whenever I remember those words, it is the sound of the teacher that echoes within my mind.
Sorry Marva Collins! 🙂