posted on Jan, 17 2013 @ 04:54 AM
I've been noticing that more and more people are putting spaces before punctuation and capitalizing random words and improper nouns in their writing,
and I was wondering if anyone could provide an explanation for this. At first, I thought it was just another manifestation of the apparently growing
illiteracy in the English speaking world, but so many people seem to make these kinds of mistakes nowadays, it seems strange that it would be the
result of mere incompetence.
Is this how English is taught in certain foreign countries, or are these artifacts of moving from certain languages to English? I know that in German,
all nouns are capitalized, but I've seen people from all over use strange capitalization (plus, I would assume that Germany's English language
instruction is probably superior to systems in place in some other countries where English is the primary language, at least the United States).
I've gotten used to seeing atrocious spelling errors, careless mistakes with certain common homophones, and just terrible grammar in general, but
these punctuation and capitalization errors are bizarre; there must be some common origin. Can anyone shed light on this? Are spaces before
punctuation standard or acceptable in English speaking countries other than the US?
Just so you know what I mean, I'm talking about sentences like this:
This is a Sentence with odd punctuation , and I'm not sure why Sentence is capitalized .
I hope I don't sound like I'm nitpicking or trying to be a jerk, but I'm really curious about this. Now back to procrastinating and watching Star