Scrolling through Twitter I came across an image showing two Google searches, one starting “how can u” leading to searches like “get herpes, get hiv, get aids”; the other starting “how can an individual” leading to searches like “impact the course of history, make a difference, affect society.” The tagline said, “Proper Grammar Matters.”
“How can u” did lead to searches for herpes and the like, but “how can an individual” led to a post by Jerz’s Literacy Weblog arguing that the tagline “grammar matters” implies that there is a link between grammar and class/morality, but really it boils down to people typing “u” instead of “you” or “an individual” as a shortcut if they are searching Google on their phone versus a computer.
English lesson for the day aside, I was drawn to this because I believe that words matter. This week I’ve heard some incredible women say incredibly awful things…about themselves… “I don’t look in the mirror, I’ll just feel bad.” “I’m such a fatty.” “I’m an embarrassment to the female race.” Whoa.
You would never say those things to another woman, why are you saying that garbage to yourself? If you are just in a dark place right now, let me give you some new words to get you started.
Look in that mirror. Know what I see when I look at you? A badass Ninja warrior. Are you feeling a little off right now? It happens to the best of us. You can be a Ninja in training in the meantime until you get your mojo back.
Don’t ever let the size of your jeans diminish your self-worth. You’re better than that.
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