Reed Richards wrote:
Ah hem. I feel I'm gonna have to say that to you a lot, new friend Maidel
Ah hem? Surely its Ahem?
Sorry couldnt resist
My complaints you may feel free to confine to American English. You may feel free to confine them to early 21st century American English. Slice it however you want. Anybody who wants to give passes to people who can't speak and/or write 'correctly' is part of the problem. Language evolves, but it has rules. If in 20 years we use apostrophes to denote pluralization, and this is one of my biggest pet peeves,
Now thats definately something limited to america, in england its actually more likely to be the other way around, people leaving off the apostrophe when declaring ownership, than adding one. To me thats plain odd because is more effort rather than less effort (which blows my theory that it evolves to be simpler out of the water...)
And, hey, your initial sense was right. HAHAHAs and 'all you yanks sound dumb to me, even if you went to Harvard' (obvious paraphrase) do come off condescending and dickish, even if you do throw a proverbial no offense out there.
Oh god that wasnt what I said, or even implied in any shape or form, appologies if thats how you read it. What I meant was that no matter how well spoken (Written) you are, I will always read spelling mistakes, where there are in fact none from your perspective, and the same is probably true in reverse.
When you see 'colour' what do you think? (genuine question here, not a trick one). When I see 'color' I actually read the word differently in my head which is to do with how you pronounce it. In my head I read 'colour' as 'cull-er' whereas I read 'color' as 'kol-or'.