posted on Jun, 23 2008 @ 10:24 AM
reply to post by cpjason
cpjason, you make a good point. In fact, the ATS Handbook, and T&Cs specificially mention the use of 'text speak' (I'm not quoting here, but you
know what I mean) as verbotten.
Examples...."2" for to, too or two. Etcetera.
I'm noticing, though....and not a critiscm, just an observation, of a more insidious trend. It is the use of 'homonyms'.
The 'text speak' came about partly from early Internet chat forums, then seemed useful in the ubiquitous BlackBerry....saved money and time...and
got the point across.
But, one big example I can point to is 'there'. AND, "they're" and "their".
One is a pronoun, one is a contraction of a verb and pronoun...and since I'm not an English major, not sure how to quantify the word 'there'.
While we understand the meaning, in context, it does lend one to a certain, shall we say, opinion of the author?
No one is perfect (that's why they invented copy editors!) but we also don't have a personal copy editor at our beck and call. I think, when it's
all said (typed?) and done, when the point is made, then small typos or grammar mistakes aren't for naught.
Just my thought.