Taking a sledgehammer to online grammar won’t always work

Posted on October 22, 2013


Miley Cyrus has been getting a lot of press coverage over recent weeks, with her dance moves, videos, live performances, revealing clothes and wardrobe malfunctions all getting her column inches. Her grammar is another area which has received attention.

Posting a message on his Tumblr newsfeed recently, singer Sufjan Stevens said:

“Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson.

“One particular line causes concern: ‘I been laying in this bed all night long.’ Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING…”

It’s another layer to the Cyrus story that is unravelling on a daily basis, but in reality just highlights the rather ‘licensed’ approach to grammar that singers and songwriters have always had. It is something which now, with the Twitter revolution, has been compounded too.

In the artistic world, dropping the odd irregular verb may not be such a big sin. In other areas of life though, it could cause problems.

Grammatical mistakes on webpages and in blogs produced by a company are never a good thing. They can be signs that a business doesn’t always take things seriously and once consumers have it in their heads that the firm is unprofessional, they may choose to take their custom elsewhere.

This is perhaps why working with professional SEO copywriting services is such a great idea. Getting the message right is essential and this starts with accuracy and attention to detail.


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