I had always thought that technology was freeing burdened souls from having to follow ancient rules. The cherished principle of disruption has taken an ax to any supposed truth that's more than seven years old.
Yet some still want to preserve old ways. Grammarians, for example.
What use is grammar, really? You know what someone's trying to say when they tweet: "LOL. SKOOL SUX!!!!" -- even if the grammar gods might feel the bile rising toward their vocal chords.
Surely the most important thing about communication is the communicating part, not the following-some-old-Englishman's-rules part.
And yet there is an app called Grammarly, whose sole existence is predicated on preserving linguistic decorum.
In order to prove its alleged worth, Grammarly decided to analyze the tweets of the famous to see just how terminal grammar skills had become.… Read more