There are two types of people in the world:
- Strunk and Whites.
- have nots lol
You know what I’m talking about.
In my anecdotal experience, “have nots” can convert to “Strunk and Whites” in response to environmental factors. The most common being employment that necessitates involved electronic conversation — e-mail and IM. College, too, can have the effect due to collaborative
But, I’m not writing to argue for prescription.
I’m curious about other languages. Do romance languages, most with gender and respect grammar, have a similar demarcation? I suspect so. What about Germanic (diacritics), Japonic (conjugation), and Sino-Tibetan (Chinese having hanzi, Indic scripts with insane ligatures)?
The difference between (most) of these languages — English — is that their polite written grammars are less forgiving. Not that English isn’t complex. Hell no. But, English’s lingua franca status when the world was finally and truly sewn up left an indelible mark.
I bet English’s texting language is less rich than others.