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What bad examples get YOUR goat?
People mixing up ..
‘your’ and ‘you’re’
‘of’ and ‘off’
‘loser’ and ‘looser’
There are always idiots on eurosport calling Andy a ‘looser’.
People spelling ‘embarrassing’ wrongly.
Is txt-spk ruining the language?
Yes, I’ve seen students submit exam papers in text speak. I would say about 10% of the emails I get from students are in text language. One Professor we have just deletes emails if they aren’t written properly. He asked me once what ‘lol’ meant and he was not happy when I told him.
How important do you think correctly written English is?
If writing a formal letter or a CV then it is essential.
Do you automatically think people are 'thick' if they make basic language mistakes, even if they're, say, a doctor or lawyer?
It would depend on the person. I would not be impressed if a lawyer or a doctor were making basic language errors.
I hate film titles like 'Pursuit of Happyness' and 'Two Weeks Notice'. I also hate shop signs like 'Kwik Fit'.
British newspapers printing ‘soccer’ instead of ‘football’. BTW ‘foot-ball-er’ is still a 3-syllable word isn’t it? So many of the pundits on Sky Sports seem to think it is just one. It drives me insane.