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Re: nautical language rant
The bottom line is communication. If we are communicating effectively then all is well. If we are not then something needs to change.
As for phonetic spelling, misused words, and poor grammar in online postings, here's how I look at it... Communication is a two-way street, it can't happen if there aren't at least two people putting some effort into it. If you put so little effort into your posting that I can't understand what you're trying to say without putting in extraordinary effort on my side, then I figure, why bother?
That is, if YOU didn't think that your message was worth the effort to make it understandable, then why should I place MORE value on it than you did? You thought that what you had to say wasn't of much value, and I won't disagree. So, if I realize that I am being forced to make a special effort to understand a posting like that, I will just stop reading and move on.
If you notice that people don't seem to be reading and/or responding to your postings, maybe that's why.