...now that I'm online reading blogs and keeping up with friends on Facebook, I am often appalled by what I read. I understand that folks write quickly and don't always proofread before posting their comments. But I begin to see patterns and suspect that the error goes beyond mere typo to not knowing any better, or worse yet, not caring.
I see a group of college students responding to each other with "Woah!" Or some variation thereof. Now, I've been involved with horses for 30 years and I've had occasion to use the term. With emphasis, I might add. It is spelled W-H-O-A. When directed at a horse, it is often followed by a colorful and derogatory adjective or two. Even in the midst of an equine emergency, it's still spelled "whoa!"
I would think college students would know how to spell the word. At least one out of the group. They apparently all know what they are intending to say. But it seems not a one of them has caught the error.
I was reading a message board earlier today. The spelling and grammar was several notches below that of the above-referenced college students. So I give the students the credit due them.
Again, hastily written, emotional postings on the message board. However, repeated misspellings within the post indicate the author doesn't seem to know better. Twice, one person wrote "payed" instead of "paid."
Bloggers insist on using "to" in place of "too." I make the same mistake. Sometimes the second stroke of the finger doesn't make sufficient contact with the key. But I usually catch and correct the error during proofreading.
"I have went" as well as "myself and Joe went" are heard repeatedly on the evening news when individuals are interviewed by a local reporter. Apparently "myself went" out of the classroom during English class.
There are those who advocate establishing English as the official language of the USA. This proposed requirement generally targets adult immigrants to this country who struggle with the language. Interestingly enough, many of the folks who think it should be our official language don't speak it correctly, either. Why Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady doesn't think we speak English at all!
At one time poor spelling and grammar were enough to eliminate a job applicant. But I guess it doesn't matter any more. After all -- the person doing the hiring has to recognize the errors.
So now you know why English Majors are prone to TMJ syndrome. It results from gnashing their teeth because of rampant spelling and grammatical errors. ;-)