When I was blogging on the old Xanga, I developed a reputation as a grammar Nazi. I mellowed with the years as I realized that not all mistakes needed to be pointed out. But there are still things that I see that drive me up the wall, from people who don’t know the conventions of English spelling.
For instance, they write “Imma” as slang for “I’m going to,” not realizing that a double M makes the first vowel a short I like in “him”. They should write “Imo” or “Ima” (as in “Imo bust yo haid”). If they want to appear erudite, they could put an apostrophe in an appropriate place: “I’mo”; or as many as three if they’re willing to risk looking stupid: “I’m’o’.”
Or they extend words (in writing) by repeating the last letter no matter what it is: “Whatttttttttttt?” You can’t say “Whatttttttttttt” unless you stutter the end of words, which even serious stutterers don’t do. I was taught in gradeschool that you had to extend the vowel: “Whaaaaaaat?” A nasal consonant can also be extended: “I don’t thiiiiinnnnnnnnk sooooo…”
Or they use apostrophes where they don’t make sense: “See ya’.” No point in the apostrophe there, because nothing has been removed. It’s a simple vowel replacement and should be written “ya” or “yuh”.
What do they teach in school these days, if they aren’t teaching this stuff?