clone wrote:my pet peeve, ppl who place a value on the structure of a message as opposed to the message.
As a general counterpoint, because I see this as a response to the grammar nazis, language exists as a means to communicate. While it does evolve, there are certain guidelines that allow other people to recognize the concepts you are trying to communicate. Sure, people can be anal-retentive about the your/you're stuff, but if it's used in an ambiguous context, it can change the meaning of what you're trying to convey.
Again, spelling. Not only does proper spelling help to convey the meaning you want it to convey, but it also has social impact as well. Take a job resume (you euros call it a CV?) for example. If there are misspelled words or misused words in one resume and the other, with generally the same qualifications, looks fine, who would a hiring manager choose? Even if the other person has better qualifications, what does a shoddy resume tell you? They are padding their experience? They have others do their work for them? They are actually uneducated? They don't care enough to put in any effort to present themselves in a professional manner?
It's a difference between idealism and realism. Yeah, in an ideal world, ur tpying wuldnt matter if u got teh point acros, m8. However, people constantly judge their peers and you can be the target of, I guess, intellectual discrimination if your peers think you're an uneducated moron.
So I get the spirit of your reply, clone, but I just wanted to throw that out there because I see that come up from time to time and it's like the people who get full cuff tattooes and all offended when they refuse to wear long sleeves are treated differently trying to get white collar jobs. It's like, what are you, stupid or ignorant to how the world works?!?
...I guess that's one of my