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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael L. Hemstad []
> Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 1:55 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Digression
> It's not hard to tell the ESL (English as a Second Language) writers
> from the TLT (too lazy to try) crowd.  They're asking maybe 15,000
> engineers to take the time to offer their opinions and advice.  If they
> can't take the time to capitalize, punctuate, and write understandably,
> my hope is they get what they paid for.  The medium does not set the
> standard; the writer does.

Typically I have noticed that certain countries such as India and Pakistan,
where English is a "second language," but is the standard language for
business and commerce, seem to foster a culture of deep respect for written

Such users of English will normally have a better command of written
grammar, syntax, punctuation, not to mention spelling, than those whose
"first" language is English.

I consider that it is a sign of the degree to which refinement is treasured
in those cultures. It used to be an "educated man" was one who could speak
and write within a formal system of accepted conventions.

Now, since "education" == "$$$" such refinement seems to rate a very low

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