This is what happens when you let youngsters near a keyboard. They think they can write. And then they think their brilliant pearls must be published. Apparently someone at Yahoo! News‘ “Today in Tech” agrees. And the result is not pretty.
The kids these days just don’t get punctuation, putting commas where they don’t belong. They repeat themselves and offer the most obvious of facts as if they were sparkling diamonds of wisdom. They tell you an anniversary is the “30th year anniversary,” because they mark their relationships in weeks and months. They tell you this year is “this 2012” — to distinguish it from that other 2012. And they mangle clichés, mixing them with half thoughts, as if you, dear reader, possess unerring ESP:
They can’t spell and they don’t use a spell-checker. (To them archaeological just looks funny, though it’s correct.) They don’t know how to express dimensions when they come before a noun (it should be “10-foot by 10-foot”), and haven’t learned the benefits of proofreading.
This is what happens when today’s kids are free to write however they choose. And you know what else happens? If they’re writing for Yahoo!, they actually get paid for it. What a world.