Hang around police or fire command staff meetings for a while, and the subject of report writing will inevitably surface. A common topic of conversations concerns the quality of writing. Often, someone will lament the decline in writing skills, and a chorus of agreement will follow.
Some of this is just another example of the ancient complaint of "kids these days." Some, however, is a genuine concern over what seems to be a decline in writing skills. Personally, I am something of a stickler for proper grammar, spelling, and word usage. As my blog reveals, however, I occasionally dangle my own participle. I try, though, to use language well. It drives me nuts when someone confuses exacerbate with exasperate or exaggerate, or turns a perfectly good phrase such as "graduated from high school" into an abominable one lacking the requisite preposition. And the next time I hear someone using the hackneyed expression "kick the can down the road," I think I will be ill.
Nevertheless, I realize that English is a living language. Today, it is increasingly living in short snippets contained in emails, tweets, and text messages. Despite my preferences for precision and elocution in language, you can actually communicate a lot of information in a short message that is perfectly understandable, though nowhere near the King's English. There, I've got that off my chest. I'm thru.