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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Correct" writing is quaint

A friend sent me this warning about the fragility of Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies generally.

Random observation: it's riddled with typos. That's not really a criticism, more of an observation. I wonder if, looking back, we'll think of "correct" writing being a delusion specific to a particular time. If it's more important to produce relevant content than to do costly and slow investigations, it's also more important to get a catchy (or smart) point across quickly than it is to spell or punctuate.

After all, the way we email and text each other is already the dominant form of writing, at least in English.

I'm an instinctual holdout and purist about writing correctly. I do think it's fine to selectively split infinitives, and start sentences with "but" and "and", but that's because I think they're correct.

I do wonder, though, if, like a veteran athlete decrying the inferiority of his young replacements, my conviction stems from the fact that it holds me superior.

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