Now I'm like a guy who shoots 85% from the freethrow line when it comes to English. Good enough, but I could shoot 98%(Starnes can tell you why 98% is the maximum success rate for anything) if I cared and put in a little effort. Usually when I make a mistake it's intentional or I don't care. But I've been trying to get a date with a girl who's a newspaper reporter, so despite the fact that she professionally writes at a de facto 6th grade reading level, I've been a little paranoid about writing correctly.
Yes, language evolves, but doesn't that mean we have a duty to protect it? If we don't stem the tide, in a generation or two apostrophes will be used for pluralization. This is one of my current pet peeve's.
Also, I get that in this instance we are on the internet, where standards are frequently relaxed, but especially in a place like this, where the main or only way we know each other is by our ability to type words into a box, why not take a minute to spellcheck? I like to rip my management, "What? Do they think those red squiggly lines are just there for flair?"
And some idiosyncrasies (had to spellcheck that one) in verbal language can be fun sometimes, but people who misuse, say wary for weary or vice versa just come off sounding dumb.
Do you think spelling and general use of correct language is an indicator of intelligence? I tried to have this debate on FB, the number one source online for all intelligent and well mannered discourse, and people kept championing people who they assured me were in fact quite intelligent and just couldn't be bothered or never had the knack. I haven't met any people fitting that description.
I submit that we write and speak everyday, and spelling and the alphabet have been part of everyone's education from the earliest levels. If you honestly don't care, that's your business, but I've seen way too many middle and upper management types and even a few university professors who couldn't spell their way out of a wet paper bag. You think I stick around in a class like that?
To me, your ability to use the language is a pretty significant indicator of intelligence. Efficient communication (the primary goal) is best achieved by at least paying some attention to proper usage.
This was the world that I had created. I know what I have to do to fix it...to make things right. There's no problem that can't be solved.