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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 16
02-07-2010, 08:52 PM
While I'm usually able to understand what someone is saying when they use poor grammar, the problem with allowing it is that it will continue to degrade. Internet-speak and Text-speak is already becoming too commonplace in non-electronic forums, and to allow it to continue unchecked is asking for a world of ignorance.

I'll give you two examples:

- Someone handed me a resume with a letter of interest a few weeks ago, and the letter was full of emoticon smileys, lacking in punctuation, and had terrible paragraph structure. The applicant obviously had no clue they were doing something wrong...

- When someone says, "Oh Em Gee" or "El Oh El" out loud, they sound like an idiot. I'm sure some people think it's cool, even some of you reading this, but it's ignorant.

Yes, the English language is fluid and constantly changing. But if it's changing faster than the generation gap, it leads to breakdowns in communication, misunderstandings, and the end of civilization.