I've noticed that many of the forum discussions that TA has tweeted lately have contained glaring grammatical and spelling errors. I find this disappointing and even personally embarrassing as it inevitably reflects not only on the original poster but on the forum as a whole and, by extension, the larger atheist community. I know written communication isn't everything, and it certainly isn't a high priority among the public generally, but we should try to meet a higher standard. Given the unlikelihood that individual posters will suddenly take more care when writing, I think the operators of the site's Twitter feed should consider not tweeting discussion titles with serious errors.
That's one poster's opinion, for whatever it's worth.
It's improper to end a sentence with a preposition - I believe the correct query would be, "to what are you referring?"
Umm, I believe most modern grammarians have dropped the rule about not ending sentences with prepositions, except perhaps in academic writing.
Anyway, I heard a story once about someone criticizing Churchill for ending a sentence with a preposition, to which he is said to have quipped, "This is a situation up with which I will not put!"
RE: "I believe most modern grammarians have dropped the rule about not ending sentences with prepositions, except perhaps in academic writing."
OMG - are you saying that the English language is evolving? SAY it isn't so!
We forgive you and will love you anyway.
Now don't be speakin' fer all of us like that, pardner. :)
Some have even defended this illiteracy as part of the evolutionary growth of language.
OK, I'll bite, this time. To whom are you referring?
I'm referring to all of those who defend misuse because this is how language changes such that the mistake of today might be the standard English of tomorrow.
I used that crap argument in high school when my english teachers graded my papers unfavorably.
Good for them.
Ah, defending "misuse" makes more sense to me than defending "illiteracy".
I won't defend intentional illiteracy, but I do appreciate intelligent "misuse".
Unless you think literacy and illiteracy is a binary condition, there are shades of illiteracy. People who don't seem to know how to use capitalization, commas, periods, conjugate common verbs, and so on, are illiterate by degree.
I appreciate intelligent misuse where it belongs: in creative writing, not expository writing.
I think when grammar-nazism is brutally enforced it scares off younger more illiterate members who may be already having problems escaping religion. For me, clearly expressing an idea trumps the odd grammar/spelling mistake. Of course, if the grammar is egregiously bad then that's a different story. A balance in between should be found.