(I made some non-relevant changes only so that the poster cannot charge that I usurped her copyright...20% change is all it takes by U.S. law to make her work mine, be it a forum post or the Mona Lisa.)
Jeanett - July 9, 2015 - 11:02 am
I wish, however, that when these articles are “explaining” things, they would simply, and bluntly, say when words, terms, or phrases are, very simply, pronounced, spelled, or used WRONG! And not “oh by the way, sometimes it’s used this way or spelled that way even though it’s wrong, but it has become more accepted or understood” type of thing. Just put it out there! Wrong is wrong. It is NOT ok to keep using or spelling words incorrectly simply because they hear others doing it. And to be honest, I know plenty of people who ARE native speakers of American English that slaughter the English language. Wrong is wrong.
Sooo, speaking of slaughtering the English language, that should have been 'OK,' BTW, Jeanett.
Also, you missed needed comas after “And not...” and after “understood...” and “incorrectly...”
While other pointed out “Jeanett's” at least two grammatical errors, including using an adjective to qualify an action, I went more for the heart in my reply, which is below.
Maximillian d'Erembourg - July 13, 2015 - 1:14 pm
That's novelist Maximillian d'Erembourg, by the by.
Wrong, Jeanett! Wrong, wrong, wrong!
The entire assembled machination that we CALL a language is nothing more or less than an ever-evolving mechanized beast, never settling to sit-still for a single generation, ever hungry for prey-languages as well as newspeak to hunt, absorb, and grow from consuming.
"Wrong is wrong!" is the battle-cry of the seriously outdated (and usually undateable) high-school grammar marm who -in all her lust to properly teach the next generation- DOES NOTHING BUT HARM.
Imagine what a properly brought-up Brit might say to you, regarding 'his' language, which is -after all- the entire basis of what we speak? Are you telling me that you always properly pronounce alumINium, SCHEDule, and encycloPEDia? I doubt it, nor would you be more correct to do so.
Do you really use the Founding Fathers' spellings (as in the U.S. Constitution) of "chuse" and "chusing?" How about their use of "defence," "controul," and "labour?" How about their capitalization of every instance of the words People and State?
German missed out on becoming our national language, after the Revolutionary War, by ONE VOTE. And that's a language that's flexible by design (it also formed about 25% of what you call American English). In German a speaker can string several concepts into a word created 'on the fly,' and be instantly understandable by other German speakers.
Buying into your tenaciously-limited point-of-view would mean you must be a native speaker of Proto-human Language, I suppose? I suppose you just might, after all even your own name comes up as a misspelling of 'Jeanette,' your spelling is -no doubt- an archaic one? Why are you even typing in English, then, cave-person? Is that simply a translation-app you're using? Watch-out! Keep your fire burning! There's a saber-toothed tiger closing in on your location!