Originally Posted by Yosemite
Fewer people nowadays use the proper words and rely on spellcheck, (which is not that good as it does not pick up improper use of homonyms), as opposed to those of us who attended school some years ago when the 3 R's were considered to be important.
Spell check helps with common typos mostly. Anything beyond that and I find that it doesn't recognize several words, names for chemicals, medicines, or even a simple word like 'plastron'.
If a person is having problems with homonyms, obviously, their grammar is in more trouble then they thought.
Originally Posted by mybabyphx
You can understand what I'm trying to get across so what's the problem?
The problem is that since your only form of communication on forums and chat is text, people judge you by it. Yes, I know judging people by their text isn't fair, and neither is judging by appearance alone, but people still do so.
If you see one long run on sentence and simple words misspelled, your opinion of a person may not be very high, even if in real life that person is intelligent and an overall great person.
There is also the fact that not everyone is a native English speaker. Use of too many short cuts and no attempt at proper grammar at all is confusing.
Of course, some of us just cannot figure out what all these abbreviations mean.
Yesterday I noticed someone use 'iykwim', I sat staring at the post for several seconds thinking "huh?