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  • June 16, 2012, 11:45pm

AnWulf seems to have it about right.
Can be used in the right place, but usually bad, bad, bad!

“As per ....”?

  • June 16, 2012, 11:43pm

'Per' is OK in itself, but usually used incorrectly.
See also 'via'.
Often indicates sloppy thinking, and the phrase that includes it could sometimes be written or spoken more clearly and succinctly using a different construction.
Sometimes used to make the statement sound more important, give it more gravitas. Usually indicates lack of proper thought to me!

I’ve no idea

  • June 16, 2012, 11:38pm

1. The apostrophe indicates a contraction - missing letters - and is legitimate. It reflects what's actually said, in this case, when a verbal shortcut is used. It was used much more often in the past, commonly in the middle of frequent or long words, as a kind of shorthand. Also shows how the language is continuing to evolve. In recent memory, we have dropped the apostrophe in 'till (contraction of until) because it's become a recognised legitimate word.

PS - your spellchecker doesn't like the English spelling of recognised and is insisting on a 'Z' !!

2. Got is technically incorrect but accepted. it's passed into normal use. I won't expand.

Interesting. Reading these posts, the ones that do not use capital letters in the 'right places, and 'correct' punctuation are very, very hard to read, compared with those that don't.
Actually, as some of the posts have stated, use of initial capitals for start of sentence and proper names actually simplifies the language, as well as making it more legible, and makes it more comprehensible.
I had to read the uncapitalised and unpunctuated ones several times to understand them. Dropping capitalisation and punctuation is appropriate for informal comms such as TXT and some emails, but inappropriate in proper written language. It is sloppiness and laziness, and results in inaccuracies and errors.