Today is the anniversary of the 1944 invasion at Normandy Beach, France, more commonly called [tag]D-Day[/tag].

The world back then had many virtues we’ve lost, including a need to use the English language in written form with correct spellings and grammar usage.  However, the biggest virtue may have been that the world itself, no matter how tumultuous, made sense.  There was good and evil, and good was on its way to victory.  Even the D-Day nomenclature somehow sounded right.

Since then we’ve been deluged with fantastic technological innovations and conveniences that were hardly imaginable in the dark days of 1944. Are we now better off scribbling ungrammatical e-mails with ridiculous acronyms, abbreviations and emoticons, or somehow did actually having to write letters with pens and paper make us more complete persons? Up to you to decide.

(By the way, letter writing is one of the best ways to learn English, or for that matter, any language.  There’s an old saying used when someone has writer’s block:  "Just imagine you’re writing a letter to a friend." Trouble is, we can’t say that anymore since no one writes letters, and the updated advice to "just imagine you’re writing an e-mail to a friend" would result in gibberish.)

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