Originally posted by Joe King:
This is the next class war. While the rich bourgeois can afford to have their grammar and spelling checked, the downtrodden proletariat have to make do with shoddy writing. No more will we settle for this lack of equality! We will rise up and demand the ability, nay the right, to spell and write correctly. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their typing style. They have a dictionary to win. Working typists of all countries, unite!
Every person has the power to speak, spell and construct grammatically correct sentences. We can point the finger at web-based forums (this one being the exception of course!) and instant-messaging (not to mention the popularity of SMS in the UK) as the direct cause of our language "evolution" over the past 10 years. Although, I would have to argue against calling it "evolution", maybe "devolution" would be more appropriate. Hopefully, between the teenagers attempting to shorten our language and lawyers attempting to use as much of it as possible (most of the time just to confuse people) we will maintain a balance for the forseeable future. I am most disappointed to see some of these abbreviations starting to make their way into the OED.
Ok, apologies, this turned into quite a rant... I certainly do not wish to be labelled as the grammar-police/policeman/policewoman/person/whatever.
[ October 09, 2004: Message edited by: Tom Screen ]