John Why Does it Bother You So Much?

“But John, why does it bother you so much when people, especially people online, misuse your, write your when they mean you’re, and their for there and vice versa? Aren’t you just being a grumpy old tight ass?”

“Perhaps but to me this misuse is an indicator of the disrespect people have for basic literacy and the internet’s attrition on literacy. Sure you can point to plenty of literate people online but…”

“Come on, if they’re writing a paper they probably use it properly.”

“It’s getting to be thought of as a normal usage and it indicates a general deterioration of thoughtfulness…Twitter especially is…”

“John–wait. How about how you often don’t bother with capitalization and punctuation in your posts?”

“That’s different.”

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