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11-10-2009 @ 1:17AM
@DboySome historical perceptive should make you feel a little better. I'm an aspiring Renaissance scholar and spend most of my time reading texts where spelling is a matter of personal choice and written punctuation had barely begun to separate itself from the rules of classical rhetoric concerning oratory. Of course, print and the fixation of scholars during the 18th Century to standardize the King's English has led to the point where we can argue about the proper use of a pronoun or where to place an apostrophe. Still, it's all arbitrary in many ways. There is a communal agreement on certain rules of language, but most of the history of English has involved the creative bending or flat out ignoring of those 'rules' to generate new and striking meaning. Milton, Shakespeare, and Spenser played with spelling to create more effective puns, or left out apostrophes so the reader was left wondering if a word is possessive or plural. While I completely understand your frustrations (I've taught college composition) I'm not that afraid for the language itself. Its rules evolve and change; its riotousness is what gives it life, and that's why it will survive and grow no matter what technological changes occur. Buck up!
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