Here is my take: With auto-fill, the prevalence of short hand phrasing, text messaging, and the decline of laptop and PC sales, the general public will lose their command of language. Only content creators or educators will continue this craft. If only the average touch pad users would employ the use of a keyboard dock, only then would the integrity of the written language be potentially preserved by society as a whole. What are your thoughts?
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I actually love spell check, because it would embarrass me to send something spelled incorrectly. But, I always make a mental note of the corrected spelling.
With a real keyboard, I love spell check, too. My issue with spell check has been the horrible things it has inserted for me (when using a swipe function on a touch screen).
True, auto-fill can create irrelevant word insertions. Spell check is good, yet I need to be alert to it's suggestions.
I don't think keyboards will be obsolete myself, my prediction however is that the masses will use them drastically less. Only content creators will take advantage of this writing tool, increasing the divide between those who can and can not write.
Good point--Cursive is notably absent from younger grade school curriculum...My daughter had it at some point, so my son (going into 3rd grade) knows of it from seeing her do it. Since they haven't touched on it yet, he makes up his own.
I feel that as long as people in the media, such as newscasters and politicians, continue to use interesting words and good grammar, it will raise the bar for the rest of us. Most people equate language with intellect.
You are right trailrunner7. It is also true that the only type of language not up for change is a dead language.
The email was once a reasonably thought out paragraph or two. Now with email use on the decline, the new short-hand language is gaining traction. Well composed sentences are a rarity.