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My Foreign Skills Pwn Your Poor English, Ignorants!

I'm 100% German and moved to the US when I was almost 8. I have nothing against using silly words or making up your own, but there is a time and a place for it. With your friends, for example. The Internet in general has become a trash dump for poor language. I think the difference between "your" and "you're" is not that difficult to realize. An apostrophe is used to merge two words together. You can't say, "I like you are cat," so why throw an apostrophe into the word?
Part of me wants to attack people for using contractions in written language at all, but as you can see, I'm guilty of the sin myself. :
I have a huge love for language, and it saddens me how many words have lost their meaning. (The word awesome is thrown around so frequently today it makes me cringe.)
I fear future in which the people who can not handle spelling words I had down 6 years ago are actually in charge of something!

Don't give foreigners too much of a break. I've lived here 8 years, and I was top of my English class. Granted, it was a 9th grade class... but it's still pathetic that children who have spent their entire lives speaking this language are so easily crushed by an innocent little German like me.
squeakycow squeakycow 16-18, F 2 Responses Aug 20, 2007

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I agree! I was born in Mexico and moved to the US when I was 21. Learning the language at first was hard but I tried hard and learned it. One of the things that made my learning difficult was people using slang or speaking an English that was almost Chinese to me. Even though I didn't go to school here in States I spell better than most people...granted, sometimes my Spanish gets in the way and I spell words the way they sound to me. <br />
It is sad to see people, especially the newer generations, not care for their language...not even when they sound uneducated. <br />
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Have you seen the movie "Idiocracy"?

I honestly believe that most of the time it is laziness. My husband and one of my daughters are dyslexic, and they spell better than many people I know, because they try hard. I assume some people just don't care if they spell words wrong. And of course some of the time online it's deliberate. That makes no sense either, it's much quicker to spell words conventionally. But they think it's clever/funny. It isn't.