Is The Internet Killing Our Ability To Spell?

kid with computer picnik Is The Internet Killing Our Ability To Spell?

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Anyone who’s read comments on YouTube or tried to decipher a tweet written by someone born in the ’90s knows one thing: The Internet is doing everything it can to murder the fine art of spelling. And it turns out that there are plenty of people who are cool with that. OMG!! Do you think this is just progress, or we should stick to the proper grammar?

According to a study by Manchester University in England, 66% of people 18 to 24 say that they think dictionaries should start adapting their spellings to match what people are typing on the Internet.

They didn’t give specifics, but that could include acronyms like LOL . . . misspelled words like using y-o-u-r and y-o-u-apostrophe-r-e interchangeably . . . or randomly sticking apostrophes before the letter “s” in plural words.

The survey also found that 22% of people 18 to 24 say they wouldn’t be confident writing an important email without using a dictionary or spell-check . . . they have THAT little faith in recognizing proper versus improper spelling.Lucy Jones, who led the study, says, quote, “We are witnessing the effect these linguistic variations are having on children born into the computer age . . . they do not question their existence.”


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