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Perhaps I've been asleep for the past decade, but when did the grammar and spelling in this country plummet?

Brake= anything that has a slowing/stopping effect

Break= to destroy or interrupt

The improper use is killing me. That's right, I am dying from the misuse. Are there really that many stupid people?

Please don't mention "they're" "their" "there".... I cannot handle it.

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I suspected I wasn't the only one frustrated with the loss of basic spelling and grammar skills in our culture. The really sad thing is that newspapers used to catch this sort of thing through proofreading. In recent years, I'm seeing many errors like this in print that would have been caught before going to press. Did they fire all the proofreaders?

Don't get me started on apostrophe diarrhea. No ' to indicate a plural. People don't know what to do with 'em anymore, so the sprinkle them everywhere. Perhaps a lot of people slept through their English classes or didn't have good teachers.

We've seen a huge slide in these basic skills for more than 10 years. The sad thing is that they're probably doing it better in India because more people want to learn to improve their job prospects. If people in our country don't want to learn or aren't getting adequate instruction, it hurts us all. Welcome to today's global economy, folks.
I concur with your statements. I have a whole rant on "To, Too, and Two", that I like to go on from time to time.
i can almost hear the panties bunching.
After years as a professional writer, I agree. I hear and see bad grammar, spelling, word usage, etc every day. But years ago a friend from Evergreen Park explained the prevalence of bad English in Chicago to me: in Chicago, you can't appear TOO educated, if you want to get along. You have to "dumb-down" your speaking. Otherwise all your friends think you're "putting on airs..." To be well-regarded in some circles in Chicago, you have to use very common English...look at how far Mayor Daley has come with his mangled English.

Now with the explosion of chat, blogs, forums and other writing on the internet, people who've studiously avoided speaking proper English all their lives, are suddenly trying to express themselves in writing. And it is almost comical.

I've come to respect WHAT people say more than HOW they say it. I'm happy that people are making the effort. I really want to hear what they have to say...as illiterate as it may be. And if that means that they continue to mix up "brake" and "break;" "their," "they're" and "there" and so forth, I'll be happy...
I didn't no their was a difference between brake and break. I do not here the difference when it is spoken. I to appreciate you're clearing this up.
Wads da madder wid da way eye right?
I share your pain. I recently posted this to my Facebook page and you would probably appreciate it:

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-y...

I used to teach Freshman Composition for a while (that's a true exercise in futility, but that story is for another time). I tried to make my students understand that if you write badly and use the wrong homonym, punctuation, etc, IT'S GOING TO MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A STUPID IDIOT, even if you aren't. They just either didn't get it, or didn't care. You can be Albert Einstein but if you "right like you where to years old" then you're going to look stupid, end of story.
Someone forgot to mention "are" vs "our". :)
i'll add "road" for "rode" to the list.
Yes! I've seen this mistake in a few CGOAB journals. And it's all been good writing except for that error.

mike w. said:
i'll add "road" for "rode" to the list.
OMG! Your so right, it is annoying!
yeah well i have bad grammar and spelling which could probably be for my dyslexia. so i give a screw you to all the grammar freaks yeah that's right i said it. :) !!!! j/k i understand how one could get frustrated but sadly that's life and some are undereducated or just lazy.

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