WANTED: A man with a period
I know this sounds strange, but keep reading and I promise this will become crystal clear.
I recently signed up for OurTime, the online dating site for old people – ok, for people over 50.
Now I’m not especially lonely and heavens knows I have enough to keep my mind occupied, but the commercial came on one night during the week between Christmas and New Year and, well, I took the bait.
I immediately started getting what they call “flirts”, which are programmed responses that I think OurTime comes up with when you indicted you've run across a profile you like. They say things like "You look like someone I'd like to know", Let's chat!", and "I'm interested, are you?"
But then you get to the point where the guy wants to write something himself and that’s what I’m writing about today.
MANY of these messages lack one vital thing – a period. I cannot tell you how many messages I got that were just word after word after word with no period separating a thing. It’s like these people are writing one continuous sentence.
Hello? Can you say "grammar school?"
I love to write and I take it seriously, but I do not impose my personal standards upon others. Please understand that I am not a writing snob, I admit to making my own share of grammatical mistakes, but the use of the period is very important, not only to me, but to all of humankind.
Come on dudes, can a girl get a period? Is a comma asking too much? How about you break this up into a few paragraphs, is that an outrageous request?
Note to men on online dating sites: You can keep the flowers and forget the candy. Just write me note and include a period at the end of every sentence and we’re golden. Thank you. :-)