I receive more than 30 e-mails every day. I am constantly astounded by the lack of writing skills shown in this correspondence. I do not expect fine works of literature, but are spelling and basic good grammar too much to ask?
There is e-mail and there is e-mail. If e-mail is used in the same manner that a formal letter is used, then I agree that the rules of grammar and spelling should apply. On the other hand, if e-mail is used to take the place of some phone communication, I don’t mind the misspelled words and weird sentence structures.
Now, if you listen in on any spoken conversation, you know that good grammar is usually absent. Spelling isn’t even a consideration. As we try to use e-mail in the same manner, grammar and spelling will suffer the same as in regular spoken conversation.
Here’s a question: If e-mail was strictly required to always be perfect, would it take so long that we could no longer rely on it as an alternative to a phone call?
Here is a link to an article I wrote that was recently published, on E-mail Pet Peeves. Is your biggest pet peeve mentioned?