Re: Re: should your ability to write well be the deciding factor in getting a job?
|Originally posted by Intellekshual |
There is really no excuse for poor grammar and spelling.
Actually, there is
In short, don't blame the player, blame the game.
- English spelling is disastrous: It's full of silent letters that never existed in the language (such as the "s" in "island"), archaic spellings (why is there still an "h" in archaic anyway?!), and the long vowels are all messed up due to the Great Vowel Shift (I know why "food", "good", and "blood" don't rhyme, and I can trace back the steps in order to memorise the spellings, but there's no reason a non-linguist shouldn't get away with "fude", "good", and "blud").
An error of design (albeit with no one designer) shouldn't have to be paid by the users. That is, writers shouldn't have to be punished for the lousy work of previous grammarians, scribes, etymologists, wankers of all calibres, and educators.
- There's no single "grammar": Do you lot speak the same way? Please have a think before you answer.
Well, no, you don't. And claiming "some people don't know grammar" is about as ignorant as saying people don't know how to eat (they may not have the table manners you cherish, but if they didn't know how to eat, they'd have starved themselves to death before their first birthday). Some of the "rules" are just clueless, such as "two negatives make a positive". Oh, really!? If someone truly thinks "I didn't do nothing" means "I did do something", then they're either retarded or grammarians. Possibly both, because this happens in countless other languages (including my mother tongue) and this interpretation is, more often than not, just plain absurd.
There are different dialects, some more prestigious than others, and unless you can't understand your interlocutor and communication is truly impaired (i.e. you can't make head or tails of what is being said/written), there's no reason you should have them speak the variety you like the most.
- Linguistic pettiness: Sometimes no matter how good the content is, some people seem to cling to minor "mistakes" in order to depreciate the speaker and/or what's being said. Irregardless is, from a lofty viewpoint, just as redundant as "I'm going to go" or "I will want". There is something called semantic bleaching, and I'm willing to bet that the people who value good grammar the most, are usually the ones who know languages the least.
|Originally said by Maurice Moss|
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