Originally Posted by Ponocrates
In response to Bator:
You are using a very limited definition of "illiterate" and it was appropriate the way I used it.
Originally Posted by Merriam-Webster
: having little or no education; especially : unable to read or write <an illiterate population>
a : showing or marked by a lack of familiarity with language and literature <an illiterate magazine> b : violating approved patterns of speaking or writing
And for "slang":
Originally Posted by MW
: language peculiar to a particular group: as a : argot b : jargon 2
: an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech
There may be less of that, but I did not understand the word "Tyke," for example.
And to be clear, the issue isn't about eliminating dialects, but maintaining the standards of the written language. If people are writing via their dialects in Europe, then I imagine it's among people of the same group (i.e., among people who use that dialect). Like Windmere, however, I'm glad that is not the custom here. I would add that using the standard form makes it easier to understand other people who may use different dialects when they SPEAK. This forum, for example, does not need Texans and New Yorkers regularly writing words differently and using different rules of grammar.
But I've said enough about this.