With the advancing of social media networks, text messaging, and shortening of verbal language, daily word and grammar usage are constantly changing. For the millennial generation, these things seem completely normal, although, for the earlier generations, you might as well call it a foreign language. In this sense, are grammar rules optional?
Jack Lynch is an English professor at Rutgers University and author of “The Lexicographer’s Dilemma.” “All the signs point to a fundamentally reconfigured world in which what we now think of as the English-speaking world will eventually lose its effective control of the English language,” he writes in his book.
Another book, “The Glamour of Grammar” by Roy Peter Clark, aims at “members of the crotchety crowd” who “tend to turn their own preferences about grammar and language into useless and unenforceable rules,” Clark tells the New York Times.
With these points of view taken into account, are common English professors too high maintenance with their demands to use a comma correctly? Or are we the ones subjecting the semicolon to savagery? — Elizabeth Felder