You may have read the excoriating email that retired naval officer, Nick Crews, sent to his three children, complaining of his “bitter disappointment” with their “copulation driven” self-indulgence?
Reading this made me want to have a rant of my own on the issue of modern manners – or rather, lack of them. One of the things that really pees me off is the fact that my godchildren rarely send thank you letters (or even emails), despite the enormous trouble I go to in finding gifts that are unusual, educational or collectable. When I do receive a thank you letter, it usually drops through the letterbox a couple of months after the present was given. I suppose I should blame the parents for this, but the fact that I used to enjoy writing thank you letters as a child, as well as having an innate sense of conscientiousness and duty, makes it all the more incomprehensible.
Another thing that gets to me is young people’s overfamiliarity – as well as their poor grasp of English. I can’t claim to be an expert on the latter subject, as due to some quirk of the state education system during its ‘progressive’ years, I was never formally taught grammar at school, except in French, German and Latin lessons. Perhaps I should have learned English as a foreign language, as the terms and rules of syntax remain as foggy to me as a those from the game of cricket.
However, the situation today appears to be far worse. A couple of years ago, the standard of correspondence arriving in my inbox became so appalling that I decided to keep some examples, which I have just unearthed from my now defunct computer. Here are some humdingers:
From a girl I’ve never met, who was seeking an internship:
Hey it’s A, B’s daughter, My mum is a work friend of your mum and i believe one way or another youve heard about me wanting to do Work experience with you, and ive heard that you have something in mind for me? And that you wanted to see my artwork too.
okies, so im available off from school at easter and in july at some point- not too sure on the dates right now, but i will find out. Here is my Deviantart with all my Artwork on [well not all, but.. some] (link to website) I am very insterested in what you do, and basically im thinking of putting a career around my artwork, Ive thought about Fashion houses, or just taking commishions, and selling premade pieces, but thats all ive really got so far. At the moment i take commishions for xxxx portraits, basically a 95×95 pixelled box that is used on teh game xxxx, and ive gotten loads and laods of people asking for them – but i want to move further. People seem to think thats all i do and im struggling trying to get people to commishion me for more.
I didn’t respond, but some weeks later received the following message:
Hey again! It’s A
I were wondering about when and where i should meet up with you in Easter for my work experience-
also can i ask what i’d be expected to do? Im really curious =]
And this is from an unknown Virgin Active gym co-ordinator regarding my negative feedback on a class (by the way, I had never been to and have no intention of attending a body combat class):
hya mate thanks for the feedback about last monday cover- she has taught quite a lot and covered quite a lot so i was surprised by your feedback but thanks!
also- i may be putting on another combat class during the week and i know you go to them- im just wondering if you came to Dominika’s class last week as i just want to get an idea of what she is like- the other instructors have said she is goo but wondered what you thought.