I know there are plenty of folks out there with learning disabilities, as well as folks who have English as a second language. And in their situation, yes, English really IS that difficult.
But what excuse do people have who have English as their native language?
I'm already anticipating those who say, "Well, you understand what I'm saying, so who cares?"
The thing is, I don't always understand what you're saying. I really don't. When people use the wrong word for something, it changes the meaning of what they're saying.
Sure, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but if we're going to trade cliches, then "'twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe."* See? Words actually do matter.
And regardless (not irregardless) of the fact that 'u' may be easier to type than 'you,' it's actually harder to read because it's nonstandard. I actually have to translate that one letter into a real word before I can continue reading.
Also, punctuation is not optional. Yes, everyone makes mistakes, but when I see an entire unblocked paragraph of either all caps or all small letters with absolutely no punctuation, I have a hard time reading it.
And no, I'm not the problem. I'm not stupid because people can't be bothered to communicate clearly.
Like I said, everyone makes mistakes. I get that and I don't claim to be perfect. I make typos and misplace apostrophes and commas. I type too fast and may forget to capitalize occasionally.
I can't tell you how often I've had to bite my tongue from correcting people here. I won't do it because it's rude to point out specifics, but I have to say that the lack of care that people take when they're communicating also feels rude. As if they don't have any respect for their audience.
So, am I one of the hated Grammar Nazis or am I making a legitimate point?
*The quote is from the poem "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll and appears in "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There."
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:02 AM on Mar. 21, 2011
Answer by hootie826 at 10:47 AM on Mar. 21, 2011
Answer by DusterMommy at 11:08 AM on Mar. 21, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Mar. 21, 2011
I am severely dyslexic I work hard at making my posts and correcting them. I also write sometimes I miss things point being its all good at the end of the day. I write anime and fiction it takes me a long time but its a battle I win or lose some days. I am in college and months from graduating still making errors but trying is half of getting there.
Answer by pinkdragon36 at 10:59 AM on Mar. 21, 2011
I am English. I use the letter "u" in words like colour and neighbour and I pronounce the last letter of the alphabet as zed.
Answer by beeky at 12:13 PM on Mar. 21, 2011
Its hard sometimes but I manage. You just have to remember not everyone is educated.
Answer by kiansmom0423 at 10:43 AM on Mar. 21, 2011
Answer by gdiamante at 12:20 PM on Mar. 21, 2011
Answer by michcous at 2:09 PM on Mar. 21, 2011
Answer by ConcernedMom141 at 12:03 PM on Mar. 22, 2011