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Death of the Apostrophe.

Ted

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I think it was PoliticalIrish wot done it.


Our standard of punctuation and spelling is appalling.

For a start - it's means it is; its means belonging to.
 

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I think it was PoliticalIrish wot done it.


Our standard of punctuation and spelling is appalling.

For a start - it's means it is; its means belonging to.

But at least some of these errors come from automatic spellers.
I regularly have to correct my tablet on the its/it's distinction.
 
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But at least some of these errors come from automatic spellers.
I regularly have to correct my tablet on the its/it's distinction.
Yes, we need a spell checker for the spell checkers.
 

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I'm torn . I can see the value in punctuation but i think the words are more important . or the message/or whatever the words contain.


Here is a little dittie

 
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I'm torn . I can see the value in punctuation but i think the words are more important . or the message/or whatever the words contain.


Here is a little dittie

Languages evolve, but the english language is going backwards.
Will we see the day when the rules of grammar, poetry and even prose are history, when the works of Shakespeare are consigned to the dusty section of the library (if there is a library), when english lessons focus purely on contemporary communications and when we all speak a bastardised version of a once great language?

Tragic, innit.
 
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Diversity, dysgenic breeding patterns, removal of norms and social stigmas around anything including speech, embrace/promotion of certain low culture forms of music and simplification of movies/tv shows for greater market penetration, effects and uses of technology and lowest common denominator teaching practices based on a no child left behind radical liberal mantra means the simplification of western languages is only starting. Without language there is no thought, and as the language you use becomes simpler and less descriptive, the general thinking within the population will obviously be effected in kind for those at the top regards ability, as in everyone will be effected.

The launch of BBC Pidgin will come as a bit of a shock to many African parents and headmasters, and will leave many others confused as to why the world’s foremost exponent of the Queen’s English, the BBC World Service, is investing in what is often called “broken English”.

But Pidgin is so much more. It is the widely spoken (and wildly inventive) lingua franca of much of west and central Africa. Fela Kuti once sang, “I no be gentleman at all o”, using Pidgin to underline his defiance against being “civilized”. Today, the language is a cultural force, driving everything from the lyrics of Afrobeat music to movies emerging from Nigeria’s Nollywood, now the world’s second-largest film industry.
I think the default spell checker on this forum is for American version of the english language, i tend to ignore it anyway.

French linguistic purists have voiced online anger at the removal from many words of one of their favourite accents – the pointy little circumflex hat (ˆ) that sits on top of certain vowels.

Changes to around 2,400 French words to simplify them for schoolchildren, such as allowing the word for onion to be spelled ognon as well as the traditional oignon, have brought accusations the country’s Socialist government is dumbing down the language.
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Seems the french are simplifying things as well.
 
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Languages evolve, but the english language is going backwards.
Will we see the day when the rules of grammar, poetry and even prose are history, when the works of Shakespeare are consigned to the dusty section of the library (if there is a library), when english lessons focus purely on contemporary communications and when we all speak a bastardised version of a once great language?

Tragic, innit.
We have already reached that stage with Irish.
Gaelscoil Irish cannot be considered Irish.
 

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Languages evolve, but the english language is going backwards.
Will we see the day when the rules of grammar, poetry and even prose are history, when the works of Shakespeare are consigned to the dusty section of the library (if there is a library), when english lessons focus purely on contemporary communications and when we all speak a bastardised version of a once great language?

Tragic, innit.
We have already reached that stage with Irish.
Gaelscoil Irish cannot be considered Irish.
 
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