Little Rock, AR - A recent study of ICQ logs by the Society for
Gooder Grammar (SGG) showed that 90 per cent of Americans have "ungood
grammer", but where the blame lays might be surprising.
"Its really scarey how bad these Americans communicate with
themself's," said Hunter Echo of SGG during an ICQ interview. "'How
r u?' roughly translate means 'How our you?' How difficult is it
to type out the entire word porperly. We don't put the balm entirley
on Americans, we think AOL (creater of the software) is responsible
for installing a grammer UNchecker which purposefully distorts the
persons' grammer. All american's can't be that stuipid? Kan they?"
AOL-Time Warner denies the creation of a grammar unchecker for its
software, and said the company always takes great pride in using
proper grammar. Fran Swartok, ICQ product manager, said, "Every
aspect of our company proclaims our pride in proper grammar, from
'You've got mail' to "So easy to use: no wonder its easy to
use.' Case closed."
ennui is weighing on my soul. We should be partaking
of libations instead of enduring this pedant.
ne ways im so board. lets go ot the mal and have a pepsi
and SCOPE 4 BOYZ!!!
message from a 12 year old ICQ user before and after
the grammar unchecker
The SGG, unfazed by AOL-TW's remarks, has proposed a bill to Congress
which would require all instant messaging software to include real-time
grammar checking software, and would make grammar unchecking software
illegal. SGG also believes that the US educational system bears some
of the responsibility, and an amendment to the bill would require
grammar to be taught in American schools.
Other interesting data found in the study were common mispellings
such as; "loose" for "lose", "4" for "for" and "Democrats" for "winners."
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