Between you and I, last week was National Letter Writing Week. I was going to write a long email letter to a friend but how could I when I no longer understand the rules? Of course, I should have said "between you and me," but many folks would have thought that sounded wrong.
Or I could have texted her first. I might have written, "Long time no see." Wait. I hear that's also wrong. Apparently a period at the end of a text is unfriendly. It would be better to use an exclamation mark. Actually, several exclamations followed by a string of emojis would be the best way to reach out.
Pardon me. I'm having an old English teacher and senior moment. Last week, my daughter had to teach her nine-year-old daughter how to use my landline phone. That's right, my very capable granddaughter had no idea how to push the numeric buttons or get a dial tone. In fact, she had never heard a dial tone before. When she mastered those tasks and her call went through, she spoke to the back of the handset. OMG!!! (And I'm not shouting -- just being modern and friendly.)
So what are some of the new rules for modern communication? Here are eight of my favorites:
- Landlines are passé and only useful to telemarketers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said, "I like many Americans are glad Obama is almost done being President." Well, Mitch, not only do I disagree with you but your pronoun "I" does not agree with your verb "are." I guess if presidents and politicians and journalists and news commentators use new rules for grammar and communication, it behooves my friends and I (ouch, that was painful) to get on the bandwagon.
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