Ok, so you may have seen or heard this headline out there in the Atheo-sphere....
It's not exactly rigorously scientific, I think, but people who have examined data from the popular dating site OKCupid have noted that if you're a stickler for grammar, odds are you're probably an atheist.
To which I can only say...
I have some personal experience with this an my über-religious ex-wife's (ab)use of the English language....and some painful memories of some painful, painful games of Scrabble...."Yes, honey, that's a real word; No, honey, don't challenge that...ok, ok, here's the dictionary....so you lost a turn, huh? Sorry about that, honey..."
We eventually stopped playing Scrabble. It was even worse with Trivial Pursuit, where I mopped the floor with her. She made me play lots of Monopoly, until I learned better strategy and could beat her at that often, too.
She would use the word "conscious" to mean both, er, conscious and CONSCIENCE. That drove me up the wall. That and I didn't learn about her wacky creationist beliefs until we'd already been living together a month or so.
If you're too lazy to use language properly, it also betrays a more general laziness in habits of thinking. If you are unable to use language properly, you're unable to THINK properly as well, since thinking involves the use of language, either inside one's own head or out loud.
Wittgenstein observed that "Philosophy is merely a misunderstanding about language." Perhaps that's overstating it a bit, but there's at least some element of truth to that. Theology DEFINITELY is confusion and obfuscation about language.
Matt Dillahunty has recently added a new question to his old standbys of "Tell me what you believe and why"; he's added "...and do you care if your beliefs are true or not?"
I belong to a Facebook group called "I judge you when you use bad grammar" and to another "Just Say No To Txt Spk!"
I remember once my ex-mother-in-law handing me a letter that her pastor made her write. She said it was supposed to be as an imagined exercise...what if God wrote you a letter...write a letter from God to you, what would it say, etc.
There was nothing out of the ordinary about the letter, usual Christian fluff---but I did have to bite my tongue to keep from blurting out "Jesus, God can't spell worth a damn..."
*Sigh* I'm not perfect when it comes to grammar and usage, by any means, but being correct DOES matter to me. I hate it when I miss a typo, etc. Always good to have 2 pairs of eyes reading a composition, because as the primary author you're bound to miss things because your brain "sees" what isn't there, mentally fills in gaps for you, etc, that an objective reader will stumble over and go "WTF?".
Christians, I get the impression, don't much care if they're exactly correct in what they write...and they get annoyed by smart-ass atheists who correct their grammar out of the gate before tackling any of their more "substantive" arguments. Sorry, Theists, but bad grammar, as well as inattention to correct spelling makes you look like an uneducated dolt to whom it is not worth listening in the first place. It's just the way human language games work, thank you for playing.