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Re(5): As such...

I fear that anybody who expects grammatical correctness in mass communications is doomed to a life of disappointment. As an old fogey who has just sent a list of corrections to an alumni newsletter, I sit in the reactionary camp.

I accept that languages evolve. I know that many words have reversed their meaning over the years. What I think has changed recently is that as it has become less fashionable to 'correct' writing (that is, to compare what has been written with conventional usage and to consider the relative merits) the pace of change has become excessive.

I suspect that at one time a letter that would be duplicated to thousands of customers might have been drafted by a junior member of staff but would have been vetted by somebody more senior. What happens now? Does the vetting not happen, does the vetter not care, not know any better, or not dare to criticise?

Don't get me started on the presumptuous use of forenames.

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