StClair wrote:("Former" English major here.)
Your self-description makes me picture a slightly alcoholic sexagenarian British ex-serviceman with a clipped accent and a handlebar moustache.
What I meant to imply, rather, is that though I may have finished my education and received my diploma, in some sense I shall always
be such. It's not so much a course of study as a frame of mind.
Now, to complete the usual joke: would you like
chips with that?
obfpen wrote:Now, that stated, I'm aware that not all poor writing of the internet is down to the lazy. Some writers have difficulties of their own, and readers should consider them too. But the magic spell argument is flawed because, while spells are rarely taught, just about everyone with English as a first language and the ability to add text to the internet has been schooled in the rules of writing. In that context, it is fair to assume in many instances that the writer is not unable but unwilling. And that lack of consideration for their audience is rude.
For what it may be worth, my own experience is that people for whom English is not
a first language tend to follow the formal rules much more closely, as that is how they learned it, and thus their speech and/or writing is much more "correct" than the many native speakers who apparently simply can't be "bovvered."
Case in point, one of my current peeves: "would of". I submit that a person who learned the language formally would never commit this error, as it is an utterly nonsensical construction... unless one grew up hearing that group of phonemes and understands their usage in context, but never connected them to the actual words they represent ("would have" or its contraction), and therefore blindly grasps for the first words that might
fit those sounds.