I’m not the best writer in the world. I make mistakes, goof up, and often “suck the raw egg of ineptitude” (thanks to the amazing Amy Condon for that phrase). Sometimes–oftentimes–I don’t write good.
That said, there are at least three things that are doing more damage to the English language than I could ever hope to do.
I really want to send this out:
The “lol,” “u,” “R,” “2day.” The all-but-extinct apostrophe (which is making a slight comeback in misusage thanks to autocorrect). The almost complete lack of terminal punctuation. The humanity!
Ms. Morissette gets the award for “Top Achievement in Lasting Ill Effects on the English Language.” 15 years later, the song still bites and it seems like a lot of people have accepted her definition of “irony” as either “coincidence” or “shit luck.”