From AP article..." the Pew Internet and American Life Project, in a study released Thursday, found that teens who keep blogs or use social-networking sites like Facebook or News Corp.’s MySpace have a greater tendency to slip nonstandard elements into assignments."
It isn't just teens slipping in nonstandard elements. Between blogging and using Instant Messenger all the time I've noticed in a lot of my work e-mails (even to my boss) I'm typing :)'s and LOL's.
The article further states that "the rules could possibly change completely within a generation or two: Perhaps the start of sentences would no longer need capitalization, the way the use of commas has decreased over the past few decades."
I've never been good at using commas so put me on the list of people that contributes to its decreased use. Reading this article reminds me of an Nth Anderson did on semi-colons in February 2004 entitled "Taking Punctuation to the Nth Degree". Here is the clip:
Here is the transcript:
Tonight, taking punctuation to the "Nth Degree." Remember that fuss budget of a English teacher you had. Turns out she was right, punctuation does count. Late yesterday, a judge told groups wanting to stop San Francisco from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples that they made an error in their filing.
"The way you've written this," the judge said, "it has a semicolon where it should have the word or." He went on to say, "I am not trying to be petty here. That semicolon is a big deal."
He's got a point. Imagine if good old Patrick Henry, instead of "Give me liberty or give me death" had instead said give me liberty; give me death. See the problem?
And what about the old love or leave it bumper sticker. Your replace the or with a semicolon and, you've got America, love it; leave it. Talk about little things meaning a lot. People were married today who otherwise might not have been all because of a comma wearing a dot for a hat. I'm Anderson Coper. Period. Thanks for watching. Period.
Hmmm, I wonder if the judge used to be a "fuss budget English teacher".