Grammar police, start your engines. The Internet is corrupting the English language at an alarming rate per this report from the BBC News Magazine:
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Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing…
There are now thought to be some 4.5 billion web pages worldwide. And with half the population of China now on line, most of them are written in Chinese.
Still, some linguists predict that within 10 years English will dominate the internet – but in forms very different to what we accept and recognise as English today.
That’s because people who speak English as a second language already outnumber native speakers. And increasingly they use it to communicate with other non-native speakers, particularly on the internet where less attention is paid to grammar and spelling and users don’t have to worry about their accent.