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Copied and pasted from my comment on ljsecret:
I keep seeing people start their comments with "DA" or "SA". I guess I am old and will get flamed for this 'secret' but, I have no idea what they are talking about! I know that 'Da' is Russian for 'Yes'. Does it have anything to do with that? What happened to the English language? It seems that people say "English" and mean one of "American" or "Internet-ish".


Okay, so, I do want to know what "DA" and "SA" stand for but the rest is pretty rhetorical…

In other rhetorical news, it makes me a little aggravated when people misuse "then" and "than" interchangeably. Yet another instance of "internet-ish", the bastardisation of "American" which is the bastardisation of English.

ETA: I have had three replies on LJSecret to which I have also replied. See here.



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Mar. 5th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
The devolution of the English language makes me so sad. I teach students and require them to write papers despite technically being in charge of a lab science class. The Internet speak that passes for academic work these days is incredibly depressing.
Mar. 5th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I am very glad that it is not only me! Then again, I am also very glad that I "talk" to most people via the intarwebz and so can bite my tongue/fingers before correcting their English all the time.
Mar. 6th, 2012 09:26 am (UTC)
I don't think mixing up "then" and "than" is internet-ish. It seemed more like writing down something you'd only heard spoken, choosing the wrong word and not really thinking about it.
Mar. 6th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
I suppose that it could be that one or two times but I am seeing it increasingly often on, for example, LiveJournal from people whose first language is English (or American, of course). I also expect that one or two instances are typos that spellcheck has not alerted the writer to because it is a correctly spelt wrong word but, again, it happens much more often than that.
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