Punctuation, Grammar and Gauntama Buddha

This is a University exercise of writing…

Photo on 2012-03-26 at 19.12

Punctuation isn’t my strong point. This semester has taken a toll. Feeling inept and uneasy about my current grammar and punctuation abilities, I confessed my issues to a long term friend and confidant. I told him that I really struggle with grammar and punctuation and it is causing me some considerable amount of anxiety, lost marks and is generally bad for my Qi. The conversation went awkwardly and extremely quiet. My friend actively engaged, washing his dishes, screwed up his face, looked upwards, perhaps seeking inspiration from the Divine Potter? Or conversing mentally with Gautama Buddha on just what is the right thing to say in this circumstance? He finally apologized to me and said he was very sorry to hear this extremely saddening news and that this was affecting my world.

My good friend said he just couldn’t believe I could be having such problems given my ease with language generally. Great, I thought he was going to recommend seeing a doctor of some form. In fact, if he had recommended a friendly witch doctor I would have listened at this point. Sadly it is all true though, and upon receiving one of my latest assignments I can see a haze of red marker pen over my mistakes.

My first mistakes are use of correct capitals. his should have been His. Girls gone wild should have been Girls Gone Wild. My first incorrect use of an apostrophe. sexist ad’s. How incredibly embarrassing as I am an Advertising student and I’ve just used an apostrophe describing my subject incorrectly. It should have been sexist ads. Damn you punctuation! Damn you to hell!

Has my understanding improved?

Yes, I now know that I make many stupid, but easily correctable mistakes. If only my computer would recognize these? IMac A little help over here?

But wait, there’s more. Page two reveals I have no idea when to use a semicolon in constructing the sentences. For example. “Geoff is educated to a high school level, however.” No, not however, semi colon. Geoff is educated to a high school level; and works as a supervisor in a large security company.

Page three reveals I have no idea when to add a hyphen. The red pen in this example is where the hyphen is now between sports and like. For example, Steve loves almost all sports-like rugby, cricket, and Aussie rules.

Has my awareness changed? Yes it has, along with my blood pressure, anxiety levels, and self esteem.  I do have a problem with both grammar and punctuation and with an immense amount of work on this, one-day I might just be average.

In all seriousness though, I should pay much more attention to grammar. The last seven weeks, although mildly anxiety inducing, will undoubtedly have an impact on my future work.  I believe I am picking up on some of my more basic errors and have even been to the Ginger software site seeking their help. It’s brilliant. It has already rewarded me with many less errors for you to check within this assignment.



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