"My own view is that the more brutally
honest you are trying to be, the more you need to state your brutally
honest points with flawless language. That being the case, I am
compelled to elucidate the following. Put quite simply, the language
skills exhibited in your publication suck."
"If you want to
defend unpopular ideas like honesty, I recommend you not provide
easy targets like questionable literacy."
"Yes. The untrained mind and unskilled speaker always says "I meant to do that." Thus is the fate of all radical thought relegated to obscurity by the illiteratti. It would be foolish to think it otherwise in your case. Congratulations, you are truly insignificant, by your own design."
The point of the written word is to communicate
ideas from one person to another. Since people come from various
different backgrounds it is obvious that no one style of communication,
even within the same language will be receptive to everyone.
8bm articles are written to connect with the reader in the
same vernacular that we would use if we were in the same room with
you having a conversation.
Personally, I don't see the point in writing one way and speaking
Now does that mean that all grammatical rules are bunk?
No, not at all.
The way I see it, when your grammar is so fucked up that people
don't even understand what you are saying even when they read it
aloud, then it has gone too far. My solution; you better go back
and add some commas.
I think it is interesting that people don't mind "grammatically
incorrect" writing if it is to be sung in a song lyric or read
in lines spoken by an actor in a play, but it bothers them so much
to read it in an article.
Although I understand that this style of writing isn't appropriate
for all audiences, it is entirely appropriate for this audience.
And before you start, let me say this. This isn't a crusade that
I am on. I am not trying to change the world. I am just commenting
If certain words I use bother you that much there are other places
you can go to read about impending alien invasions and what not.
Go somewhere else.
It just doesn't make any sense to e-mail me about it because over
time I have realized that it doesn't even make for an interesting
conversation to even discuss it with you. If I really cared what
you thought I would've changed the vernacular based conversationalist
style of writing on this site to make it more palatable for your
tastes back in 1998 when I started this site.
I don't get hung up on the usage of particular words. A word to
me is just another color that I can use on my palette to express
myself. I also don't subscribe to the argument that there is a connection
between morals, intellect or anything else with the words that you
use or don't use.
The first reason being is because that argument is illogical. It's illogical because there is no relationship there. The second and probably the most important reason I don't subscribe to the argument that language denotes level of intelligence like a yellow street light denotes caution is because I have no interest in trying to deceive myself into believing all it takes to be smart is to not say the word "fuck".
However, I think it is fairly obvious why someone would have an
interest in wanting to believe there is a correlation between intelligence
and using certain words. It is a lot easier to be smart if all you
have to do is not say "fuck"
than it would be to actually pick up a book or engage in the dialectic
with someone other than their fellow Jesus freaks in a compound
somewhere surrounded by walls of canned foods and bottled water
waiting on the return of Christ.
Words come and go within the canon of what is acceptable word usage
all the time.
Just look at the word "ain't".
The word "ain't"
appeared in 1778 during the same era that saw "won't"
appear. However "don't"
eventually became accepted at all levels of speech and writing without
much fanfare. Now poor old "ain't" wasn't so lucky. Although
was originally used by the upper classes, who evidently are the
ones who decide for everyone what is appropriate speech and what
isn't, it was later abandoned and labeled a vulgarism because it
appeared to have no set sequence of words that it was obviously
contracted from and secondly because it was heavily used among the
poor or lower classes. Which must mean it is bad, right?
Now I don't know about you but doesn't the realization of why certain
words are considered vulgar and others not really just make the
whole grammarian purist movement just seem silly?
It is fucking word people. Grow up.
If you told me that it was my turn to pick up the check and I told
you "I ain't got no money"
and you went ahead and ordered food anyway, we would both be in
the kitchen doing dishes.
Now this should be in no way taken as an excuse for misspelled words,
words used in the wrong context or using the wrong word in any instance.
This is only a forewarning that the style of writing here at 8BM.com
If you can't deal with that, then 8BM.com just isn't for you.