I say very.
She got her first mobile phone in September this year when she started secondary school. I’m not terribly keen on the idea but she was one of the last of her friends to get one and I can see the benefits when she has a long walk every day. It has proven to be really handy for when she wants to call and ask if she can go to a friend’s house after school but has become a bone of contention when it comes to spelling and grammar.
I say it matters, she says it doesn’t. I say no one will give her a job when she grows up if she can’t put her apostrophes in the right place, she groans and rolls her eyes. You can see how quickly this would get boring for both of us, yet I harp on about it a lot.
A lot of our text conversations go something like this:
Sometimes I let the spelling go, but I find it hard not to let it influence my decisions. In this one for example, the very fact that she had missed the apostrophes and punctuation and not capitalised herself made me want to leave her in the rain, just to teach her a lesson:
Am I being overly cruel and picky or is it important to insist on correct spelling and grammar, even in text messages?
P.S. If you spot a typo in this post is was deliberate. To be ironic. Honestly.