Here's something I know you'll like. Click home and enjoy Patricia O'Connor. .grammarphobia.com/on-language-email (You'll have to do your own http etc. You know how it is around here.) Her Origins of the Specious is marvelous. I'll be getting the others soon.
Oh man, I don't believe I've heard a future-tense issue yet...wow...that does just make my head want to spin around. ;) And I totally agree, the endless now is massively annoying. Sometimes I wonder if it's a grammar problem, or an aspect of the ridiculous nihilistic self-centeredness that seems to have taken over...Part of the "everyone gets a trophy!" and "even though you FAILED, it's okay, you did a great job!" mentality. NO NO NO NO! I'm all for self-esteem, but if you just pat children on the head for being alive, then when they actually DO accomplish something, it means NOTHING! Adults have just completely robbed any sort of accomplishment from any meaning by the constant showering of praise and adulation that becomes background noise. Or, all those years of psychology classes have just warped my brain. ;)
I noticed it when the pooter-geeks started using access as a a transitive verb. It's been going downhill ever since. My latest mind-rash is what I call the "endless now" the abandonment of any version of past tense. It started with sportscasters; now, even narration on Nat Geo is corrupted by it. I've even heard my first example of future tense flumux.
LOL! Thanks! :) I'm pretty opinionated when it comes down to it, and I *hate* netspeak with a fiery passion...also poor grammar in general. I was taught to write properly, as was anyone else who has a third-grade education...use it people! ;)
I love your posts as well, the information contained is always second to none. I think I've learned more from you about the finer points of fish-keeping than from anywhere else on the board.
Have a great Sunday! :)
Have I mentioned how much I enjoy reading your posts? Straight-ahead declaritive. Tight phrasing (mostly...LoL) Good grammar; standard English. Your style should be more frequently emulated by contributors on here.