Sometimes, You Need to Grow Up and Follow the Rules of a Language

You see, kids, Tony died. And this person is trying to express condolences:
rip-tony

…but instead, it looks like nyjeterss up there just wants to cut Tony. And that’s not cool.

Look, I get it. Some people are just too fucking lazy or indifferent to be bothered with things like capitalizing letters, using correct spellings of homonyms, or ignoring my awesome, useful, sentence-pausing friend, the comma.

I can’t relate to having to turn on some sort of extra level of brain power to follow the rules of my native language, but this seems to be an issue for some people, so they have my sympathy. To me, it’s second nature to follow the rules, because you tend to learn them as you learn the written language. They are just what you do.Perhaps because we learn these things in school, some people intentionally discard them once outside of school because they associate school things with stress, homework, and the like?

I don’t know. I don’t really care why people do it, I’m just telling you that there are times when you need to get your fucking act together and type the language like you actually give a shit about what you’re saying and/or have a shred of self respect. The above is a good example. Someone is dead, and the well wisher can’t even capitalize R.I.P., which is a little silly. If you don’t wanna put the periods in there, I get that, but for the sake of the dead and his memory, press the damn shift key for one second and clarify that you don’t want to do horrible things to the deceased.

These guys got it right. One replying in (presumably) his own native language if he doesn't want to or can't speak Tony's, while the second uses the correct RIP to differentiate between the wish for peaceful sleep versus the expressed desire to abuse a corpse.

These guys got it right. One replying in (presumably) his own native language if he doesn’t want to or can’t speak Tony’s, while the second uses the correct RIP to differentiate between the wish for peaceful sleep versus the expressed desire to abuse a corpse. Could’ve capitalized the man’s name, but…well I guess I can’t ask for the moon.

If you’re going outside of your first language, then do what you see other people doing. Maybe our apparent Yankees fan up there saw someone else writing “rip” instead of “RIP” and copied that person, in which case the sin be upon that person’s head for passing on error.

This guideline has many other applications, such as the ones you fill out for jobs. I did a some HR for like a year at an English school in Japan, and if people emailed me shit like “i really cant wait 2 see japan!” I loved it. It made my job much easier, because I could instantly cross one more name off the list of people to interview.

Now you might think, well of course I’ll watch myself on job applications, college essays, cover letters, and stuff like that. Well here’s the thing. If you keep your shit in order all the time — or close to it, as nobody is perfect (you’ll find typos on my own website here, I’m sure) — then it becomes automatic.  That way, you’re less likely to make mistakes in the first place. The less work you have to do on special occasions, the easier it will be; the fewer mistakes there are on your first draft, the more likely you are to eliminate them all before showing it to someone who can ruin your shit.