bhaw wrote:People who write/spell like that generally have terrible people skills (in person), making it not very practical in the real world.
Yeah, I suppose I can get behind that argument. I have taught an occasional class and I grade grammar, etc. on all written assignments. When a student gets a paper back with 81 red marks on a three-page paper, his/her response is invariably, "This isn't an English class!"
I usually respond with something like, "Every class you take in college should be an English class." We're supposed to be training these students not only to know the content of the course, but to be effective communicators, careful thinkers and workers, blah, blah, blah. Mastery of the language is therefore a tool the students can use to hone life skills and is not necessarily an end in itself. It's not the language that's important -- it's taking the time to master a skill.
As for the language itself ... meh. Let it burn.