Is it me, or can most people on social networking sites not spell? I get acronyms, but actual misspelling, really? I'm not that old, either-not even thirty.

Does this make anyone else crazy or is it just me?

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Eric Whitacre's "Animal Crackers" is what introduced me to those poems!

The panther is like a leopard,
Except it hasn’t been peppered.
If you behold a panther crouch,
Prepare to say Ouch.
Better yet, if called by a panther,
Don’t anther.

The cow is of the bovine ilk;
One end is moo, the other milk.

The firefly’s flame
Is something for which science has no name
I can think of nothing eerier
Than flying around with an unidentified glow on a
Person’s posterior.

This music and Animal Crackers Volume II at

I don't mind when people here misspell an occasional word. What gets my goat is the use of netspeak in the forums or chatroom.

Another thing that "literally" gets my goat: that use of "literally" to mean "not literally, but figuratively, and feeling strongly about it". It's become a more polite version of "... that f---ing gets my goat...."

In 2011 the Oxford English Dictionary started recognizing that sense in informal contexts; the mainstream press seems to have noticed only this month. I posted on that in Linguaphiles and Sesquipedalians.

Loren, this conductor is a genius at pulling people together in interesting and creative ways. He reminds me of the research on domestic violence. Conductors have the lowest domestic violence rates of all occupations measures. The researcher used incident rates for 10,000 by occupation. It seems conductors have control but violent means are not used. They find other ways to motivate people to a common cause.

Eric Whitacre is more than just a conductor; he's a composer who is bringing some genuine life into choral music.  I've been listening to Eric's handiwork for over 10 years now, and his gift for creativity and engaging those who become involved in his music is something truly remarkable.

If you're interested in learning more about Eric, his music, and what he is about, please check out Eric Whitacre's website.

The punctuation help that curled my toes is in the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition.

To see if you're using a comma correctly, go to section 5-29 on page 165:

The comma, perhaps the most versatile.... There are a few rules....

The rules start with 5-30 on compound sentences and end with 5-83 on maxims, proverbs... (page 179), I count sixty four rules.

How else do we distinguish educated folk from the others?

We don't. I just use commas where they feel appropriate to me, and I don't give  ratsass what anyone else thinks. But on the other hand, I rarely, if ever, misspell words, and I only use "bad" grammar when writing colloquially for stylistic reasons. And I'm capable of understanding what register is appropriate for which occasion. Wherefore most people DO know I'm educated, although they mostly think I'm "smart"!

I've dealt with some writing where the author went on interminably for what felt like hours switching from one detail to another within some topic like this stringing together all too many thoughts within each unbroken sentence which made me feel like telling him "COMMAS ARE FREE! They cost a minuscule amount of memory, page space, and ink or toner, and vastly improve intelligibility. Use them!"

This grocer's bin of "apostrophe's" could double as commas, in many fonts!

Man looking askance at labeled grocery store bins of “tomatoe’s”, “potato’s”, and “apostrophe’s”

The reason why there are millennials not using spelling, punctuation, and other things "properly" is because of their convenience to not type so much and use less brain power to make a sentence. So, typing like this: "i, love u mor than youd ever kno" would be convenient for them because it takes less effort for them to type. But other than that, I get your frustration for people not spelling the way you would like them to.

Bad speling' punktuashun' grammer' and usage duzn't make someone's message any less valid; to many of us it's fracking* distracting! There's a reason newspapers, official signs, and such do things the conservative, standard way.

* Not a euphemism. Fracking objectively hurts people and the planet, and deserves to be a swearword, unlike the better-known F-word, that refers to amazing pleasure and bonding that I don't want to associate with anger and insult.

Thankfully, the newspapers, official signs, etc. spell and punctuate things the old fashioned way to help people who are learning the language for the first time in their life or the people that don't want to be distracted like you.

Fracking being a swear word instead of the other F word sounds like an interesting perspective to me. There has been controversy on whether fracking does, in fact, hurt people or not. I can imagine it polluting the environment and changing its climate, thereby rendering humans affected negatively.




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