Originally posted by notreallyalive
Are you one of those people who care about using correct grammar?
I have spent quite a few words on this very site writing my thoughts on the importance of clear and accurate expression (in any language,
obviously)... and BTW, it was reviewing those old posts, just now - spurred by this thread - that I was hit in the face with a few crucial clues
regarding my own on-site development. This last part is off-topic, but I'll have to return to it briefly at the end of this post.
It's rude to correct people and not really worth the time but on the other hand correct grammar truly reflects on the perception people hold of ATS!
No, it is not rude. On the contrary, it's very valuable and should be highly appreciated. I certainly appreciate corrections; I know I've learned
more from them than from any other source of learning. (And BTW, whoever may be reading this, I am still waiting for the corrections anticipated in
post of mine...)
What is rude, in my opinion, is to subject others to one's lack of regard for culture in general and for everything that correct verbal expression
stands for. (And it is
a symbol, no doubt about that.)
In the not-so-distant past, I would have elaborated - profusely! - on the symbolic status of language, as I perceive it...
I have been noticing for a while now how curt (comparatively) my replies have become.
But it was only now, after reading through some of those old threads of mine, that I noticed the basic difference: how earnestly I wrote those
thoughts, how I strove (or strived - whatever :-) to express my thoughts as accurately as I could - and how negligently (again, comparatively) I
express myself now.
That can't be good.
And I know it is a direct consequence of having seen so many thoughtful words (not mine - I do read other people's posts, too :-), so much
of thought and expression, go ignored, dis-regarded, unheard.
Maybe it is precisely this sort of "fatigue" what is wearing down the culture of public (common) verbal expression - and certainly its perceived
It may very well be a contributing factor: the dead weight of the lowest common denominator.
(And I wonder... twenty years from now, will there be anyone left able to laugh - sorry: to LOL - at the dialogues in Shaw's
The problem, of course, goes much deeper than mere "elegance" of expression: in my opinion (and I am repeating myself, but I don't expect many
people to notice it), "fuzzy" talk = "fuzzy" thought
So, even if this is off-topic (for which I apologise, and I mean it), I believe it may be something worth thinking about.
[edit on 26-10-2009 by Vanitas]