After having taken a course in linguistics, I realized that perfect writing always legs behind the development of a language itself. Linguists describe the language, the society language guardians prescribe how to write. I am not asking to abandon grammar altogether, but some rules seem like sheer nitpicking. "Buyer's Guide"; "Buyers Guide"; "Buyers' Guide"; "Buyer Guide". It sounds quite cumbersome, especially when you hear the words vs. read them. Do you feel the same? Maybe only some times?
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There is no space to express how funny it was. It's a hub! Did you know that words "daughter, slaughter, laughter" rhymed before? That is my new knowledge of linguistics!
I no longer write hubs, Svetlana, my dear friend. My last "novel" in fourteen (Yes, 14) parts was an unimaginable disaster. I think about three or four people followed it through to the end.
But I enjoyed writing it, and that's what matters.
I would not argue about the fluids such as "me & him" (who knows how all the pronouns will turn out in the future), but I never paid attention that WE, Russians say "We with the wife"... meaning "My wife and I" and it is correct. Illogical, but..
Proper grammar doesn't have to be difficult. It is only difficult if the reader lacks spelling and grammar skills. My first summer job was typesetting and proofreading for a local newspaper when I was 16 years old.
For all the people who check the comments as well, I found this clip very entertaining: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gwJHuEa9Jc&lis...