It’s not what you say, but the way that you say it

Posted on October 12, 2010

 

The actress Emma Thompson has recently spoken out about the bad impression that using slang in speech can give. In an interview in the Radio Times she said that using slang words such as ‘innit’ and ‘like’ makes young people sound stupid. They should learn the difference between the language they use with their peers and the language they should use in more formal settings, such as when writing letters, CVs or content for websites, for instance.

The language we use says a lot about us, even indicating which region we come from. Some accents are more pleasant than others with a broad regional accent tending to indicate “thickness” according to some. On the other hand, a very “posh” accent can also give a bad impression, having an air of pompous superiority. Taking care over the correct grammar and pronunciation need not mean that a regional accent disappears, but that it is enhanced by speaking correctly.

Equally the rules of grammar apply to writing with an increase in ‘text’ spelling instead of conventional spelling. The one thing that company bosses often comment upon is the fact that prospective employees have a low standard of English when they apply for positions.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the public exposure of website content, with examples of incorrect English sticking out like a sore thumb. The only sure way to avoid these errors is to have website articles and blogs written by a professional writer, working out of a reputable article writing service. Emma Thompson is also a respected screenwriter as well as a successful actress, proving that the use of proper English, and success and a public profile go hand in hand.

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