I understand that there are people who have little grasp of the grammar, syntax and spelling of their own language, but should they really be allowed to work in jobs that require them to write for the public?
Texts published on web pages are often faulty – many are written by badly paid hack writers with a deadline to meet – but it’s fairly simple to go back and correct them.
Slogans and texts for major advertising campaigns, on the other hand, are worked on by teams of professionals and they pass through the hands of many people before being approved. And yet we get things like this:
A badly phrased advert such as the one shown above (which appeared on the BBC site this morning) does nothing for me except distract me from the message. It ought to be either
It’s time for oil companies to get behind the development of renewable energy
It’s time oil companies got behind the development of renewable energy
How can I possibly agree with people who don’t know basic English? Perhaps it’s time we taught grammar – or Latin – in schools again.