Those run-on, stream of consciousness, no punctuation, no grammar,
no paragraph postings just get dumped, I'm afraid, completely
I wholeheartedly agree. I have occasionally read them, and there are
some very intelligent folks who have some very useful things to say -
but it’s just too difficult to read such tomes. It’s simply laziness
to not punctuate a piece of writing or split it into sensible,
readable paragraphs. It takes so long to try and make sense of such
lazy writing, that I simply don’t bother.
Spelling mistakes such as loose instead of lose, do annoy me but I
can tolerate that. I have made spelling mistakes myself in posts -
even though spelling’s a big issue for me - and I’ve cringed when
I’ve seen my post appear the next day. We all do get confused
sometimes and spell a word wrongly, even if we are sticklers for
spelling. But lazy writing with no punctuation or paragraph breaks is
VERY annoying indeed.
I have a great deal of respect for those folks for whom English is a
second language, and marvel at their eloquent use of the English
language in their Orchid posts - English which is often better than
that used by English and American members! And as has been pointed
out, we should use better English, particularly for those members
using other languages.
I personally can’t stand this new way of communicating with
abbreviations - but I’m afraid it’s here to stay. Although I have
been known to use the odd abbreviation, such as btw (by the way) -
my bad (as you say across the pond). When I was a school teacher, it
was apparent that the English language and how to use it, is simply
not being taught effectively anymore, with the attitude "as long as
you can understand what they’re trying to say, it doesn’t matter"
prevailing. Then the pupils would come into my science class and
exhibit the poorest of reading and writing skills, which I spent
hours of my own time trying to correct - to little effect, as none of
the other teachers (including the English teachers) seemed to bother.
Then, coupled with this new text language, our youngsters are
completely losing the ability to use the English language properly -
which obviously means that at some point in the next few
generations, the English language as we were taught it, is going to
pretty much disappear! A very sad state of affairs as far as I’m
Sorry for the rant, but as you can tell, I’m on the side of
retaining proper use of the English language.