I have designed, sub edited, read and corrected four entire education supplements over the past two weeks.
Since Friday, I have labouriously poured over 56 pages of education information.
And you know what I have decided?
I would not send any child of mine to these establishments.
They may have beautiful schools with amazing grounds, all the most modern equipment and technology and dedicated teachers but, and this is a big but, not one of them can write grammatical press releases, punctuated correctly and without hundreds (and I do means hundreds) of these little buggers !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now don’t get me wrong, an exclamation mark is all well and good in its correct place but you never, ever need three of them at the end of every sentence. Or there is the alternative where you don’t even get full stops at the end of the sentence. And don’t even get me started on their use of apostrophes! That did need an exclamation mark.
Good grief, who writes that drivel? I am really hoping they didn’t get the English teachers to do it.
And the other thing, while I’m on a little mini rant, is the Random Capital Letters littered throughout every sentence.
NO – Sports Fields should not have capital letters, neither should school Building or Teacher. This is English, not German. All nouns do not take a capital letter.
Aaaarggghhh. It is completely infuriating having to deal with copy from advertisers on a day-to-day basis but when this rubbish comes from educational establishments, it makes my blood boil.
I have a sign up in my office.
Grammar – the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.