posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 08:40 PM
There are several things which currently contribute heavily tobad spelling and grammar, I believe.
First is a lack of reading in printed form. People who read books are able to spell better because they see how words are spelled properly and with
repetition that reinforces the information in your brain. How many people today actually read books? Not nearly as many as in the past.
Second, the internet actually reinforces bad spelling. People see someone mispell a word and, if they do not know the correct spelling, automatically
assume that it is spelled correctly. Commonly mispelled words on ATS include 'possible' when they mean 'possibly', 'bias' when they mean
'biased', etc. If you don't have the knowledge to know the difference, you will likely assume that it is correct. Also, many ATSer's are
outraged at the "spelling Nazi's", yet if someone corrected these people in the thread, they might actually learn something new. When it comes to
spelling, many would rather embrace ignorance.
Third, lately I see a lot of articles from newspapers and magazines with spelling errors and bad grammar. These people should all have English-related
degrees, and yet even they have gotten worse.
Last, no one should be able to graduate from high school without a decent vocabulary and spelling. Today's jobs require good English skills more
than ever before. For college graduates, there is even less excuse.
There are more reasons, I am sure, but these are most glaring to me.