Call me old fashioned. Call me an old lady fuddy duddy. But whatever happened to the old school rules of written language?
When did night become acceptable as nite? Or light become lite? I find it interesting that my auto spell checker has a red squiggly line under both nite and lite as if it has a problem with this spelling too. But if I type in donut instead of doughnut there is no line. Both are acceptable. Since when? Since a long time ago, I know. It’s just sad.
We are becoming lazy with our writing to the point of shorthand. Shorthand is all well and good when one is taking notes or texting. But I feel indigestion when I hear about students writing the number 4 in place of the word for! Lazy. And I must say, it is one thing to use shorthand while texting or tweeting for brevity sake but when someone can’t even spell girls correctly or any other simple word, I judge you. A lot. Not alot but a lot. Is it anyone else’s pet peeve when people can’t space between a and lot?
It’s not just spelling rules that are dying a painful death. Whatever happened to indenting paragraphs? How did that get swept under the rug? I used to indent paragraphs in emails until I realized nobody did it. Paragraphs are not indented in blog posts or online articles. Why? Is it so difficult to hit the tab button? It’s right there. Next to the letter Q. But it has been forgotten. Like an old and moldy memory.
Tab luster has been replaced by bright and shiny double spacing between paragraphs. Sigh. Too bad for the tab. The program I am using now, Windows Live Writer, gives a hard return every time I hit enter. It’s already set up to eagerly anticipate the next paragraph without me even having to think about it. Hit enter and the space is naturally doubled. Meanwhile my tab key is standing as straight and tall as a key can possibly be hoping I will pick it. Sorry tab. Indenting is becoming a lost art. Too bad for the tab.
We’ve lined up vowels in text messages and killed them off execution style. We have murdered spelling nearly across the board. Nobody handwrites anything anymore, and now indenting is coughing and sputtering. What’s next in this vicious game of Written Expression Roulette?