Alas, for spelling is dead, and with it its brother, proper usage.
Hardly a day, nay, hardly a few hours pass without an automatic correction coming forth from my mouth, be it for a sibling or a character in a movie.
"I, not me!"
However there are a few, a very few, who remember to correct themselves.
And what is it that we're meant to have wrote? ...written!
-The Phantom of The Opera
Almost worse are the obvious mistakes on signs and things. A couple of good local examples are:
"Jack's Family Dinning" on a sign for a diner
"October Carnaval" in big letters on a big sign on the side of a church facing the highway
Jack fixed his sign recently but the "Carnaval" is annual and is spelled the same way every year.
This, my friends, is a real problem. We all knew it was coming when "text speak" became prominent and the need to type as quickly as possible made it bad spelling and lack of appropriate punctuation excusable. What once were typos are now used regularly as real words. No one can keep "your" and "you're" straight, much less "their," "there," and "they're". Vocabularies keep getting smaller as "awesome" and "epic" become the all-around multi-purpose words, usable in any situation to describe anything.
Are we writers the only ones left with any appreciation for words? Any respect? Any knowledge of how they're (not their) meant to work? What about the fun of using interesting and less used words? Our whole society seems to have forgotten these things.
There even are places where English completely disappears!
Well, in America they haven't used it for years!
-My Fair Lady
How truly you speak, Mr. Higgins.
Friends, let us bow our heads and share a moment of silence in memory of the English language.