I don't mind punctuation mistakes or misusing semicolons or anything. Generally, if the person spells common words correctly and conveys their ideas clearly, I'm good. If Tim Adams uses their instead of they're, it's probably because he just wanted to get his ideas down quickly. A few mistakes in a wall of otherwise fine text is not a big deal to me.
I do understand the 'increased respect' though.
I did not say anything about "increased respect"; I used the words "take more seriously".
(Did I use that semi-colon right, guys?)
Quotations have stupid rules though. I think the semicolon actually should have been within the quotation, and I've never been down with those rules.
I've always dug your use of the English language, Dr. Copp.
I hate when people don't make an effort to write correctly. And what I hate even more is when people write correctly for their school works, but don't do it on the internet because it's "not important": this is just plain retarded.
I like putting question marks at the end of statements?
It makes you think.
Proper grammar is often lost due to specific local dialects.
American English is especially brutal, as it is a severe corruption of the language it originated from.
i dont give a fuck
I find it a funny thing that anyone would be so committed to, irritated by misuse of, or nazi about english grammar. First, there's no reason why grammar is the way it is. There are plenty of words we commonly use that are ambiguous, like live (to be living) and live (as in a live concert) that we don't create rules for distinguishing. But since there is a rule about your and you're some people have become adamant about following it, even in sentences where the use is clear either way. So instead of following a grammar rule because it enhances communication its become a tool to inflate one's ego, it seems.
Remember: "It is better to keep your [hands still] and appear stupid than to [respond] and remove all doubt."