Woe is me — and the rest of us who think the English language beautiful — to see the grave errors being committed and adopted as acceptable.
It is a topic that seems never to wind down from lost momentum, and this is surely due to the constant replenishment of grounds for despair: the English language is a hardy one, indeed, and apparently can withstand more than its fair share of abuse (or misuse, if you will). Nevertheless, one must incessantly wonder if the situation is not becoming worse than ever before — so rampant and blatant are the painful errors on display nearly everywhere. Mindful of the trend to begin, at some point, to consider widespread usage part of the vernacular and ultimately worthy of incorporation into the modernized rules of language, I catch myself shuddering several times a day, if not more, when I see how people are writing and that it does not appear to concern them.
Can the English language survive such a battering?
I had to ask myself why I had been feeling more and more upset regarding what I consider to be grave crimes against the English language. The answer was quite awhile in coming, but I finally realized that, in this electronic era in which we find ourselves, we view immeasurable quantities of writing that were not visible to us in other times. There may have been just as many faux pas in the things people wrote, but we did not see them. Added to that is the fact that countless examples that would have been more closely edited and corrected before are now instantly posted — often under the modern pressure to remain “up to date” — and fixed after the fact or not at all. When this explanation occurred to me, I tried to practice some sort of therapy on myself so that, while noticing the mistakes in passing (that cannot be helped, I am afraid; I cannot seem to dismiss my inner editor), I would not feel quite as pained. I would merely catch a glimpse of something incorrect, not give it any further attention, and proceed, I decided.
The English language is more malleable than this writer
That strategy has not worked at all for me, and, at the same time, I have no illusions that the members of the greater public who are presenting their reactions and opinions all over the Internet will begin to ask themselves if there is another, better way to use the English language. I do believe, however, that the situation seems so lamentable merely because it is right in front of us in a manner that it was not just a short while ago. This leads me to the bittersweet conclusion that the language will adapt and even retain its beautiful core. It is just I (and those of like mind) who will suffer.