Language is changing. But is it degenerating? Or is it simply shedding antiquated encumbrances?
• It’s vs. Its
• Your vs. You’re
• Their vs. They’re
• The subjunctive voice
Language is becoming more relaxed. IM’s, SMS’s, Facebook, blogs, wikis – they’re profoundly influencing how we read, write, speak, listen, and even relate to each other.
But is that really emblematic of a “linguistic whateverism” toward formal English? Is it really that there are too many rules to remember? Or is the way we communicate getting more abbreviated purposefully, because today there’s simply no time to edit? After all, if I don’t communicate RIGHT NOW, you’ll have moved on to the next thing.
What does this mean for the future of formal written English? Is good grammar lost irretrievably? Is this the end of literacy as we know it? Or is to condemn modern malapropisms to deny users of language versatility, and the chance to exercise creativity?
What if we really are transcending the limits of yore and approaching more pure – and more efficient – modalities of expression and understanding?
Aren’t the grammar and spelling sticklers out there fighting against language’s natural selection process? I used to feel so annoyed when I heard people say “on accident”, “irregardless”, or “could of”. But now I just feel unevolved.
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