Writing this post I feel a little like the John Lewis bear who has woken from his hibernation in time for cheer of Christmas – in my case, a return to blogging after a long and unexplainable absence, and now struggling to get my writing claws out and paw out a sentence. Nevertheless I have missed the emotional venting and opinionated rants that first coloured my Marzipan & Marmite entries, and now materialise after, or worse during, a particularly long and eventful day at the office… the emoticon and bold/underline/highlight being my new and alternative form of written relief, and Buzzfeed’s lists being my new master. Consequently, in the manner of the said lists maestro, I thought I would share a few of the grammatical, written and verbals sins that have loomed in my five month truancy from blogging –
1) Acronyms. TFI, EOP, YoY and TGIF are among those that litter my vocabulary. ILCNGE (I literally cannot get enough).
2) Hi all – where all has come, erroneously, to mean two or more people.
3) Exclamation marks – often used to imply a sense of humour, but usually masking a feeling of disbelief – particularly when used in conjunction with a question mark e.g. Did he really say that?! (Real meaning – I don’t believe you)
4) Cc’ people in emails as part of a unsaid statement – typically my manager to stress a heinous work load, regardless of their involvement.
5) Signing my emails off with one letter ‘V’, because Vanessa seems far too many characters and suggests a level of formality.
6) Ending any email with “do let me know if you have any questions?” I have found that this often has the opposite effect of silencing the recipient.
7) Physically relishing the option of writing. I believe there is a limit to the number of times you can press the space bar.
8) The overall commercialisation of the my language – from mastering media jargon to “going on holiday” replaced with “on annual leave”.
9) Finding that I have a serious issue with cutting words out – apparently I am superfluous and grow too attached to my power point slides… Who knew?
10) Calibri. I have found my font friend.
11) A call out to the audience… Do you have anything to add? Please do so in the comments.
You’ve got Mail – simpler online times…