19.7.04

Weather or not...

Telegraph | Opinion | You pour thing, if you don't see the point of spelling correctly: "
You pour thing, if you don't see the point of spelling correctly
By Lynne Truss
(Filed: 08/07/2004)

More miserable news about language, then. More reason to pop off to the nearest wall and bang our heads against it. According to the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, half the people using it these days are stumped by the difference between 'reign' and 'rein', and 'pouring' and 'poring'"
I've heard rumors about teachers promoting the use of Spell Check and Grammatik over teaching spelling and grammar to students. I've also seen many creative spellings and mistakes from students who rely on those electronic tools and don't proof read prior to handing in their work. There's also an increase in people writing in "texty" (there's even a bad YA book, TTYL, in that so-called language).

Just below, there's a post celebrating the evolution of the language. While evolution is to be celebrated, this isn't evolution. It's devolution and devaluation.

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