Reporter 435, 26 April 1999


My five-year old son could have sent that

Bob McMaster
Denis Delbridge
School of Healthcare Studies

Why does the use of email preclude the use of good grammar? Those of you familiar with email will be used to the current vogue for absent capitals, missed commas and omitted full stops, and the norm of spelling errors and poor construction.

This might have been acceptable while email was used as a simple messaging system, but its move to the position of a mainstream communication system surely places a different emphasis on the quality of the material delivered across email. In particular, messages that are printed from email frequently take on the appearance of material produced at pre-school level rather than at the lofty heights of academia.

So please, a return to good English in email as in all communications!

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