We can’t help but notice that younger people (we know they hate the term: millennials) are, well, awesome. Love them or hate them, we can’t help but notice they’re pretty awesome when it comes to grammar.
- A pair of young adults in the UK were involved in drug dealing, and the judge went light on them since they used good grammar in text messages; the judge believes this showed good prospects for turning their lives around.
- People on Tinder (where the demographics skew younger) are wild about the Oxford comma! Even if you disagree with Oxford comma usage, you have to admit: it’s pretty cool that we’re even discussing the Oxford comma and Tinder.
- In fact, people who are online dating in general care about good grammar! 75 percent of men and 88 percent of women say good grammar is important to them. Translation? Bad grammar is a major turnoff.
(Why do we at Write On California care? Good grammar is, obviously, a critical part of plain language. If you want to know other critical parts, contact us!)
Why this is cool: If younger people are using good grammar in texting and online dating, then the next logical step (hopefully) is using good grammar in this office. Win! For a generation glued to their phones, we’re absolutely thrilled that as they tweet, post, share, and text, they’re doing it with style. Somewhere, William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White are smiling.