Dictionaries have existed for just over two centuries, helping to educate people on proper usage, meaning, and spelling of words. As the English language is in flux, continuously adding new words, especially in relation to technology, dictionaries continue to publish updated versions of their content to educate the masses on proper spelling and grammar.
On the opposite side, the invention of computers in the 1950s led to the later creation of the Internet, which has established an entirely new way for people to communicate with one another.
While students continue to study the proper way to use and manipulate the English language, and some master through continued education and practice, the Internet in many ways has impeded on their success.
Whether commenting on a news article or blog post, adding thoughts into an online forum, writing to a personal blog, typing a message on a social media platform, or simply sending an e-mail, the Internet allows innumerable opportunities for individuals to not only write, but also share content without monitoring their spelling and grammar.
The Internet has introduced a new concept for communication, getting the message out as quickly as possible. Abbreviations and acronyms exist to replace countless words and phrases in the English language. This lazy way of communicating allows people to make spelling and grammatical mistakes on a daily basis.
“Your going 2 b so shocked,” someone might write in an instant message or text. Ignoring the 2 and the b, there is still a grammatical mistake you will find on many websites. Your not going to be shocked, you are.
Through personal examination, it appears that apostrophes were one of the first punctuation symbols replaced with the growing trend for grammar mistakes, next to periods and commas, which disappear due to the lack of actual sentences. Gone are the proper usage of I’m, you’re, we’re, they’re, don’t and others, replaced with a quick, misspelled and improper, Im, your, were, there, dont.
With all of this being said there are still individuals who take the time to learn and utilize the English language the way it was intended, with proper spelling and grammar. It’s not expected that everyone have the grammar and spelling of an English major, but simple mistakes do not need to be made. There is no harm in taking an extra five seconds to craft an actual sentence, your readers might take your comment or post more seriously.
News posts, magazines articles, or online essays continue to use proper spelling and grammar. One or two mistakes may be missed but they are still utilizing the language to the best of their abilities to communicate effectively.
Dictionaries are now available and easily searchable using the Internet. It’s as simple as typing dictionary.com and you can search for the meaning and spelling of a word to ensure it is being used properly.
Technology, and more specifically the Internet, has created a generation of lazy people, more interested in liking something on Facebook than learning how to spell and use the language they have known since birth.