I tried making the title a parody of 'Video killed the radio star', but failed. This is a blog expanding on what Peevish Penman Editor, Carrie Bailey said over here.
Anyway, I haz relizd tht intrnt has keeld gramr & spelng. I no gud spelr but I at lest no how to spel, 'you'.
Ok, wow, that sentence took me about 10 minutes to write. Trying to find ways to misspell words does not come easily. That is why I've never understood why people find it easier to write in shorthand rather than just typing out the whole word. Example: 'You' has turned into 'u'. I mean, it's two more letters, come on people!
I'm not trying to judge, really, I'm not. I spell words incorrectly and make grammar mistakes all the time. But it's usually for a word that I don't use that often and I immediately fix the mistake. It's natural to not know how to spell a few words here and there, nothing wrong with that.
But if you're too lazy to spell 'you' or 'are' when asking, “How are you”...then...get out. Just get out.
I disagree. While Merriam-Webster may say it's ok, English teachers are getting frustrated. Even though it also says in the article that teachers reprimand students who use internet speak in the classroom, does that really do anything? I mean, really. The teacher can't follow them home and reprimand them whenever they get online.
What really bothered me about this article the most is the ending when it says, "So while your English teachers may want to hold the dividing lines between proper and improper word usage taught, they should just chill (not an accepted use of that word, at least for the moment) because widespread usage eventually overrides accepted grammatical conventions."
He's basically saying to give up on trying to fix the mistakes because in time, we're all going to be saying and typing incorrectly and then it'll be acceptable.
I think it's great that our language evolves, but when it begins to dumb us down, that's where I'm old fashioned and would at least like for us to distinguish when is and is not alright to speak the way of the internet.
Am I alone in this thought process? Please tell me I'm not just a raving fool.