PeteVu wrote:how necessary is proper english for what i see as a casual forum?
I think of proper English as a way of saying, "I care about you." It shows that I took time to capitalize and spell out words like "you" and "anyone." It means I think you're worth the effort.
Certainly not everyone thinks this way, but regardless of the message board, if I see a lot of misspellings or careless syntax; or if I see a lot of Internet shorthand or smileys; I don't enjoy reading the posts as much.
do you think i write like this for more important matters?
I don't know. This is the only place I know you from. So, based on my limited exposure to you I'd have to say, "Yeah. I think you probably write like this a lot."
its easy to "articulately string together a few words" for an email; i send out several a day.
I don't know. I've read the entire Internet and I've seen a lot of different writing styles. A lot of people aren't so good at stringing letters together to make words, let alone stringing together words articulately.
After junior high english i never learned anything useful in english class. analyzing literature? excessively precise grammar? useless.
Ow. That hit me where I live. I think analyzing literature -- especially Victorian and 18th/19th century literature -- is a fine way to spend one's time. 'Course, your mileage may vary on that one (or YMMV as the hip kids write). And I don't know what "excessively precise grammar" is. Grammar is a bit like mathematics, only maybe a little more fluid. If the rules of grammar are followed, then it just makes it easier for all to understand what is meant by your sentences, paragraphs, and posts.
i let my content speak for my "attention to detail, educational level, and overall intelligence," not my spelling and grammar.
But...but... if your content is flawed -- if you can't even get basic things like capitalization and spelling correct -- why should I trust the rest of your content?
And in closing -- who the hell is Gwen Stefani and why is she dressed like a drum majorette on my television?