Yeah, but Fresco, don't you think that the inadvertent lapse in correct usage, though it does serve as a marker for social and political membership might also indicate a tendency to laxity or lapse in terms of intellectual functioning?
Certainly, some uses indicate a tendency to relaxity
but it's clear that that is what much of our language use is.
As to 'intellectual functioning', not in the least, Aidan. Every fool knows their language and the grammar of their language.
Being good at spelling, [spelling being an artificial construct], is not a good way to measure intellect. These 'markers" of social and political membership often do not equate to correct usage.
I'd say it's more appropriate to question the intellectual functioning of those who hold to examples of specious correct usage.
I mean, for the most part, I ignore it - but I have to say that whenever I see someone over and over and over misusing or mispelling words, I come to my own conclusion. I try not to be judgmental about it - but it does lead me to a certain conclusion - I can't lie about it.
All too often, even for someone as thoughtful [in the critical thinking sense] as you, Aidan, these "judgments" are more the result of social conditioning towards language than any sense of what really is.