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Old 07-13-2011, 08:52 AM   #11
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If it remained the same over here, Snip, we'd still be talking like the Puritans.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:59 AM   #12
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If it remained the same over here, Snip, we'd still be talking like the Puritans.
I am happy to hear that :)
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:01 AM   #13
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Thank you for the information all. I was a bit concerned that people might think I do not how to spell! When I type spell check keeps correcting me! I thought I was going crazy..lol!
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:38 AM   #14
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CWS4322, I understand your point but don't agree with all of it. I've always taken the approach that, regardless of the medium of written communication, the rules are the same. I don't use a lot of acronyms or texting abbreviations. I try to use properly constructed complete sentences and good grammar to the extent I know how.

However, we know our language is a living thing and changes over time whether we like it or not. Proper grammar and punctuation are not taught as thoroughly as they used to be. That makes it happen faster.

Zhizara's comments about extra letters and arcane rules may not be music to your ears but will most likely happen over time. Given the proliferation of texting, I see this accelerating.
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:40 AM   #15
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CWS4322, I understand your point but don't agree with all of it. I've always taken the approach that, regardless of the medium of written communication, the rules are the same. I don't use a lot of acronyms or texting abbreviations. I try to use properly constructed complete sentences and good grammar to the extent I know how.

However, we know our language is a living thing and changes over time whether we like it or not. Proper grammar and punctuation are not taught as thoroughly as they used to be. That makes it happen faster.

Zhizara's comments about extra letters and arcane rules may not be music to your ears but will most likely happen over time. Given the proliferation of texting, I see this accelerating.
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I know change is inevitable but I am hoping it will not all happen in my time!
It is just really sad to see what the world is becoming. I would have been very happy if I was born 50 years earlier..lol! Not all changes are for the better.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:12 AM   #17
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i was taught to spell both ways. the american way in school, and the british way by my dad.

a few years ago, i wrote a fairly long note to my dad in a birthday card, and he mentioned that he had noticed i used the american way. i'm not sure if he was disappointed or not, but after that i decided i would spell things the way he taught me, out of respect.

coolness has nothing to do with it, unless you happen to think it looks cool. then i'm all for it.
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I disagree. I earn my living as an editor and writer (and, I make a good living when I work [I don't work every day--but I do work from home, and have for 25 years--how much better is that?]--my hourly/per diem rate is more than a university professor makes and close to that MDs make). I work with non-English speakers most of the time. A misplaced comma in a contract can cost a company millions, if not billions, of dollars. Drug inserts that are poorly written can cost peoples' lives and pharmaceutical companies billions. Grammar and punctuation are important. To disregard the same devalues the skills of those who work in the field (I have an M.A. in languages--I paid a lot for that degree and I also spent a lot of time earning that degree. Not only am I proud of my degree, I am confident that when I explain a grammar rule, I know it inside and out). Saying that grammar and punctuation are unimportant devalues the skills that writers and editors have earned and worked hard to earn. That's like saying that now that people can access medical information on the Internet, medical expertise is not valued. Or that civil engineers are no longer needed.

Yes, spoken English is different (more casual) than written, but knowing the rules is still important.
Oh boy, do I agree with you! Sadly many folks in school systems (I hesitate to call them "educators") don't. and they are advocating eliminating the teaching of handwriting, elementary mathematics (just use a calculator ) and untold other essential (imho) skills for a well educated person.
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This very morning I saw a large printed sign on a storefront, warning of its coming closing. It read in part, "Do to the closing..." Sigh.
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This very morning I saw a large printed sign on a storefront, warning of its coming closing. It read in part, "Do to the closing..." Sigh.
I hate when I sea stuff like that.

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