Lesley-Anne's friend once noted, "you use correct grammar even in your sms-es!"
Yup. She generally doesn't use the teen lingo, such as:
"gr8! cu @ mall w8n 4 u cos dun wan get u d wrg ting."
Such messages drive me crazy and I find them simply incomprehensible. Call me a dinosaur but if being cool entails communicating like this, I'm perfectly happy with my kid being in the uncool crowd.
I'm not sure if it's due to my influence that Lesley-Anne escaped this endemic. Her grammar obsession extends to other areas of English. In sec 2, some of her classmates did a project which involved testing kids on their pronunciation skills. Among the words on the list were: rendezvous, lingerie, awry, debut, ensemble, reconnaissance and renaissance. Apparently, some kids totally butchered the words eg. "ren-der-vouse", "aw-ree".
Lesley-Anne was one of the few who could pronounce all the words and when her classmates asked her about her ability, she replied, "my Mum is a pronunciation Nazi". When she recounted the story to me, I wanted to protest but I knew she was right because I had to suppress my urge
to correct her pronunciation of "Nazi" ("nahd-zee", not "nah-zee").
It's probably because of our shared passion for reading and writing,
that we take such offence to the mangling of language. I'm not claiming that my pronunciation or even my grammar is perfect. There are occasions when I've stared at a sentence so long that I can no longer tell if it's grammatical. Being a frequent user of Singlish doesn't help. (My blog probably contains lots of mistakes too but since this is a casual platform, I try not to be too anal about it).
But when I spot glaring errors, especially in the media, it irks me and it looks like Lesley-Anne has inherited this trait. I love this cartoon - it sums up our feelings.
I think most mothers and daughters have a unique area that they can bond
over, and for Lesley-Anne and I, it's the love of words. She frequently discusses books with me and approaches me when she needs help
or advice for English or Lit. It's something that I cherish and I know she does too (even though she may not admit it). Incidentally, it's not just a one-way street - I'm increasingly seeking her opinion about the usage of words and phrases, and I find that she has a pretty intuitive grasp of what constitutes good writing.
It's far from being a perfect partnership though. Lesley-Anne's weak spot is maths and in this area, I'm completely hopeless. She related to me (rather enviously) that
some of her friends, when unable to do some maths problems, would
consult their mothers. She told her friends, "you're so lucky. When I
asked my mother about log, she said, 'err... log is to beaver'."
Lol. It's true. Ah well, one can only obsess over so many things.
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