AJBryant wrote:Something has been more and more annoying me, and just out of curiousity I'd like to know...
What is the point of trying to learn a second language before one has learned one's own? I have seen so many marginally literate posts that it astounds me. Problems like simple words being misspelled, the most basic grammar rules being violated, syntax going south, no capitalization, and so on, are rife.
Does no one study spelling or grammar anymore? In some forums I'm on, I've taked to occasionally asking if English was the poster's native language before responding, so I know the skill-level of the poster.
This isn't an online game where seconds matter and typing "g2g, brb!" is okay. This is a forum where opinions are exchanged, information is sought, and advice is offered. If you want help, it would benefit you to show enough respect to actually write a real message.
If you're not a native speaker of English, I'm not talking to you so don't be insulted. If, however, you are in HIGH SCHOOL or are beyond that and are still writing like an elementary school student, feel free to be insulted. But it's your own fault.
Come on, people. Please. Let's have a *little* pride in our communications.
I can't agree with you more, and I believe that the reason for them to use BRB or other acronyms is to catch attention from others and to show off their ability. Acronyms are widely used among yound generations, as far as I know, in Japan. the youngesters refer acronyms as "KY 語", like a guessing question or so. In China, Teens use a series of symbols that you have never learnt in your school. They really think they are fashionable. It is better to make this trend removed among those youngsters by attching a great importance on language teaching in school.