Some hilarious stories in this thread!
I hate the poor grammar and spelling which is prevalent across the entire English speaking internet, but it really makes me sad when I see it on ATS,
especially in posts that make excellent sense! Call me a grammar snob, but I really
detest "would of" instead of "would have"! I know that
people sometimes type replies quickly and make mistakes but how can you can correctly spell something like "triskaidekaphobia" but then type "would
It's a mystery to me, but I try not to call people out or out. If I did I'd be here forever!
Not to say I'm perfect myself or anything, but I do try my best...
I'd agree that there is a dumbing down going on. It's been apparent here in the UK for several years, with one example being BBC news which has
become all about style over substance (with the exception of the Paxman-helmed "Newsnight"). I'd also say the proliferation of trashy "reality
TV" shows like "Big Brother" have had a detrimental impact on the nation's youth, and the internet isn't exactly helping matters either. All of
that fascinating information available, yet kids just want to spout nonsensical garbage on "4-chan" or "MSN" or wherever.
Anyway, here's my tale of experiencing dumb-assery first hand:
I was playing a gig in Inverness a couple of years ago. I had set up all of my equipment and had some time to kill. I was hungry so I headed off to
find something to munch upon. Soon I came across a "Subway" sandwich shop, and after perusing the menu I approached the counter...
: "Can I have a "meatball marinara", please?"
: "Do you want anything else on it?"
: "Er....just lettuce & cheese, please."
Eventually I received my sandwich, and sat down to eat it. As I was opening the wrapper I wondered why the sandwich felt cold...
She had given me a sandwich with only cheese & lettuce!
When I went back to point out her error, she looked confused...
: "You said you just wanted lettuce and cheese!"
: "Yes, along with the bleedin' meatballs on the "MEATBALL MARINARA"!"
Needless to say she looked at me like I was the scum of the Earth for having the temerity to indirectly insinuate that she may have been a complete
Now I could understand such a misunderstanding had she been one of the many, many foreigners that work in the UK's "Subway" shops. Many of them
seem to be not entirely 100% fluent in English, and that's fine, but this girl was a local! So either Britain actually is "dumbing down" or young
people from Inverness are really thick
Any Invernesians here on ATS? I'm just pulling your leg with that last bit...or am I? Maybe you can tell me if I'm right or not!
[edit on 7/1/10 by sotp]