Saturday, June 14, 2008

Whatever Happened to Literacy?

The past few days I've spent some time over at Yahoo! Answers, and I have been appalled at the inability of most people on that site to communicate in simple English. Several of them are simply unintelligible. Here are a few examples:

What do you mean by username and passward? actually i downloaded a software and it is asking my username and passward . i dont know what it is . so how can i know what is my username and passward ?????????????????????????????
Here's another:
My computer is shutdown so long how tosolve that problem?

And this beaut:

How to setting my firewall? i just change to window xp from vista.but after change hv the conection problem,alway be disconnect,and my msn alway sig in sig my friend say is the firewall setting problem , need to seting it,but i dont knoe.abyone here can help me or teach me?
The thing is that these are not the exceptions; these are the rule.

Sad. So very, very sad.

In a comment below, Chris points out that many of the people on the Internet don't speak English natively. Yes, that's true, but that doesn't explain this:

I only mention this entire issue because I believe, "Your English matter!"

(I guess the language center of your brain might be somewhat impaired by having what appears to be a large bullet hole in the center of your forehead.)

1 comment:

Chris said...

Many of those posts are probably made by people who do not speak English as their native language. That's how it is on the Internet.

(Of course that still doesn't excuse using multiple consecutive punctuation marks!!!!!)