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Do other languages on the web have as much misuse as English?
posted by TheRaven to Writing & Language (17 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Like many people, I continue to be horrified by the poor standard of English on the web, not just in teen chat rooms and sports, music and other fan-based sites but on those sites aimed at intelligent, well-educated users, including (sadly and far too often) (Ask)Metafilter. (For examples, see below - tl;dr). My question is, is this just a phenomenon among English speakers or is it just as bad with other languages? Anecdotal evidence from native speakers of other languages welcome. Bonus points to links of actual sites where this happens. I am not looking for occasional slips, typos or errors made by non-native speakers but a pattern of misuse of said language. Nor do I want to get into a discussion on the rights and wrongs of the misuse of English.
(Examples of what I mean: confusion of (quasi-)homophones - your/you're; they're/their/there; its/it's, lose/loose; misspellings of common words such as accommodate, receive, definitely, weird, supersede, etc.; adjectives used as adverbs (I'm doing real good); common solecisms such as between you and I, off of, most well known, different than)