At 2:02 PM -0700 9/1/09, Jessi Berkelhammer wrote:
As a monolingual North American, I am also very uncomfortable with
A rant about abbreviations/IRC jargon is an appropriate discussion
for list, but criticizing how non-native English speakers write
English is not. This thread began with a mention of the "attitude"
that non-native English speakers have, as if non-native English
speakers are a unified group that are are more likely to have a bad
attitude than native English speakers. Of course such a
generalization could make people uncomfortable.
At 11:16 AM -0300 9/1/09, Martin Scotta wrote:
As a non-english speaker I feel very uncomfortable with this thread.
> You shouldn't feel uncomfortable because no one is talking about you.
As a fellow monolingual North American, I feel very uncomfortable
about your statement as well. Does any other monolingual North
American feel the same way as I do? Please expound on your feelings
about this most disheartening and distasteful topic. (Boy has this
thread degenerated into some politically correct bullsh#t, huh?)
Look if you are not the one using "u" as a substitute for "you", then
I don't see any support for the discomfort you may feel about this
thread. But you are free to feel as it is your nature (shudder).
If non-English users (or anyone else for that matter) want to use "u"
for "you" that's fine -- but I'll refrain from helping them as well.
I am sure that if I were writing in their language and shortened it
to uncomprehending gibberish, I would receive the same treatment from
them. Why is this so hard to understand -- am I using words that are
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