What happened to the English language?

December 2nd, 2008 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

I should preface this conversation by saying that I am a total hypocrite.  I consistently, and purposely, use incorrect grammar and abbreviations for effect and ease.  In fact, I’m sure that there are multiple examples of slang and spelling mistakes in this very entry.  But I do not consider myself a professional writer or journalist.  That being said, I am extremely disappointed in CNN.  I consider CNN to be a fairly reputable news source and usually find their online articles to be relevant and well written.  So I was fairly surprised today to read this article: 


and see that the author actually uses “LOL” in a sentence. Yes, I understand that it is used for effect and perhaps a comment on the ridiculous lawsuit and/or Axl Rose’s ridiculous hair and Botoxed face, but it’s still inappropriate and juvenile.  Unless you are a tween or have managed to return to 1997 via the DeLorean then you are not allowed to use LOL.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad (obvious) news, that’s just the way it is.   The proliferation of slang words and online abbreviations in mainstream media is part of the reason why students think it’s okay to use such nonsense in homework assignments.  Check this out: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F06E5D71230F93AA2575AC0A9649C8B63.  Frightening! 

so cnn.com – are you 4real? cuz i would h8 to think that u dont know the diff btwn correct grammar and incorrect grammar  step it up yo