Online communications pose challenge to ‘old’ grammar rules

And by old, we mean ‘current.’ That and more in the Week in Writing, our regular roundup of the top stories on word-craft.

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That’s what a Forbes contributor suggested in a column this week.

That story, plus new alternatives for freelancers, short story tweetathons, and a mortgage-backed sentence by J.D. Salinger, are in this week’s roundup of the top stories about writing:

The changing grammar of communicating ideas. Forbes contributor Rawn Shah highlights all the ways that the Internet and social media have thrown the old grammatical style out the window. And by “old” he means “current.” There are abbreviated words, acronyms, emoticons, urls, url shortners, images, tags, hashtags, geotags, and, occasionally, words. He concludes his piece with an interesting question: Do we need to establish new writing-style guides to fit our new ways of communicating?

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