On a daily basis I laugh at the emails I receive at work. How does a person get through high school and come out not knowing basic grammar and punctuation? I mean, in the span of 12 years, I could have a doctorate for goodness sake. Can you not learn your own language in 12 years? And does no one read through their emails before hitting the send button?
Here is a good example:
"Attached is my thoughts for the basement. Let me know with and thoughts or suggestions on my design,"
Correction: Attached are my thoughts for the basement. Let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions on my design."
I also have people who add extra spaces into their sentences randomly, and use double punctuation (either repeat punctuation like double or triple questions marks, or like below):
"did we lose them. ?"
And of course, typos abound.
"We're a bit concerned about storage room in the kitchen (panty stuff)."
Hilarity. Obviously the word pantry was meant, but I still had a good chuckle. You store panties in your kitchen? Kinky.
I don't expect people to write perfect, 'Linguistics honor student' emails, but seriously people...is it that difficult to put a teensy bit of effort into the written language?
It seems like ever since letter writing has become virtually extinct, so has proper grammar.
I know Professor Higgins was referring to pronunciation, but I still think it applies.
*flounces off to look up Linguistics classes at U of C*