23% of America is Illiterate. This should come as no surprise to anyone who regularly cruises the interwebs.
Some of the worst – and I mean the very worst offenders inhabit the comments section on Youtube. Here, see a few examples from that and a few other sources, all reproduced exactly as written, spelling, punctuation (or lack thereof) reproduced exactly:
“I had a brain fart when righting that” (Actually one of the more articulate comments.)
“well lesson learned:never and i mean never ! scratch iron man’s paint job !”
“i dont wast my time watching youtube i already have the cd”
“hahahahahahaha that funny the way it ran away gezzz thats crap an anmila tha big running like that lol i think itd run like an elephant or rhino not like road runner hahaha”
“Christianity be against nelumbo nucifera pagan paranormal sensory” (WTF?)
And the grand finale, from Facebook:
“Okay so if u know me u know i smile like all the time right….well i just relized tht smart ppl n gernral make me smile alot more than most and its not cuz i like smart ppl more its cuz usually whn they talk idk wtf ther talkin about….lol go figure!!”
I cry for the death of written English.
Speaking of tales of the bizarre, how’s this: Student Gets Low Grade, Sues University. No shit. Excerpt:
The C+ that Thode was given scuttled her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor and was part of an effort to force her out of the graduate degree program she was pursuing, said her lawyer, Richard J. Orloski, whose lawsuit seeks $1.3 million in damages.
Orloski said his client is the victim of breach of contract and sexual discrimination, and a civil trial began Monday before Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano over the claims. They’re nonsense, said Neil Hamburg, an attorney for Lehigh University.
Call this another argument for a loser-pays tort system. (Feel free to apply the term “loser” advisedly in this case.)
Is there a correlation between marginal literacy and a massive sense of self-entitlement? Maybe there’s an opportunity for a government-funded study. Anyone know a good grant writer? No?