I was always under the impression that this is wrong and it only exists as one word, but https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/now_a_days
This is wrong - you can only mean https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/whatever
while "what ever" is correct rather by chance (as in "love what ever exists").
This is wrong - you can only mean https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/downright
while "down right" would change the sense drastically (as in "you have to shove it down right").
John connor wrote:I typically refuse to ... if they can't even type worth a damn from the get go
I would have never imagined telling this to you, but we're very similar at that point. Only that I'm even more critical (as in: why has "U S Of A" a big letter O? Why are abbreviations like "etc." not used with a trailing dot?) and English is not my mother tongue. One can also tell whoever is only "using" his native language but never thought about it in detail and thus lacks knowing how and why it is structured like that will make the same and more mistakes in foreign languages, including faulty communication because of wrong knowledge/understanding. But if you're confident in your own language then foreign languages are easier to understand in general, even if letters differ.
The great rise of stupidity
- my theory about this: it was always there, but 30 years ago it was just kept in the shadows. As of today everybody is easily entertained and satisfied with it: using a smartphone to only surf social networks or playing silly games, using a PC to waste your life on endless network games, watching TV to let others brainwash you into thinking there are shows which aren't scripted... And people can easily manifest their opinion into texts to be spread worldwide. We just see it nowadays much more what already existed back then, and it also shows lackings of basic knowledge. Few are aware how ambiguous their texts are and the generic response is "everybody understands what I mean". And to be fair: most of those texts aren't worth to be kept for the future. (For a long time I suspected mobiles/cell phones and smartphones to make people dumb, but now I think it just boosts their lack of improvement.) I'm also happy enough people are bound to social networks and their smartphone bubble life, as then they're most likely not in positions to endanger lives or make likewise mistakes.
As a programmer I encounter often manuals, texts, code comments with huge mistakes, but it's hard to bring it in relation to the code quality: I've experienced all permutations of it. However, a slight trend is: when the website already has rather many mistakes then expect poor code and non-existent support. But who should notice that if the vast majority does the same mistakes?
Bottom line: people's brains are limited - hopefully when writing and calculus are off they still have other talents.