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Why do people write badly? Posted on 14 August 2016 by James Cowan in Bad writing

Let’s start off by accepting that most people don’t set out to write badly. Some do, of course, but it’s generally for a specific purpose – to offend, or for effect – and done from a position of knowledge. Nevertheless, a lot of people do write badly; you don’t have to wander far in the blogosphere or Facebook to find examples. But why is it so common? We learn our first language from people who are not teaching it. People we trust. People whose definition of the language we never question. Our parents, our siblings, and our ... Read more

More thoughts on why people write badly Posted on 11 May 2017 by James Cowan in Bad writing

I have already written about why people write badly, but in that post I based my thoughts on the way the language was learned – essentially, generally, from the family, who may very well not know accurately either the meanings of the words they use, nor how they have changed since those words were learned. And similarly with grammar, punctuation, and so on. But there is another fundamental difference between communicating through speech and using the written ... Read more

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