LOL@ cor­rect­ness

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SHEEP are shorn, not sheared, aren’t they?

The weather wasn’t fore­casted to be chilly to­day, it was fore­cast, wasn’t it?

And I was dream­ing when I heard you say ‘yous’, wasn’t I?

In­creas­ingly some of our most ex­pe­ri­enced and prom­i­nent pub­lic fig­ures and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ters are get­ting away with slack English lan­guage skills.

It shouldn’t be so hard to main­tain a level of

Rowan Hun­nam So is it just lazi­ness or is it no longer im­por­tant to pro­nounce our words prop­erly?

cor­rect­ness in our spo­ken and writ­ten lan­guage.

So is it just lazi­ness or is it no longer im­por­tant to take note of cor­rect gram­mar or pro­nounce our words prop­erly; the ‘T’ in wa­ter, for ex­am­ple?

I do like to blame ev­ery­thing on mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, but I think tex­ting and mo­bile phones are re­spon­si­ble for the down­fall of our pride in our lan­guage.

“Pen­man­ship for il­lit­er­ates,” as some crit­ics call it.

To that, I say, LOL. Tex­ting isn’t pen­man­ship at all.

It’s writ­ten as a spo­ken lan­guage. I can’t keep up with it. I heard YOLO for the first time the other day.

Ap­par­ently all the kids are say­ing it. Or they were last month.

But it’s quite fas­ci­nat­ing as ‘text slang’ ce­ments it­self as a re­spected form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

It is de­vel­op­ing its own gram­mar and con­ven­tions, just as the tra­di­tional English lan­guage did, and still does.

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