A Reader on Facebook (to me): “Your notion of correct English doesn’t line up with what we all consider natural English. Something all native speakers of the language are capable of.
I, in Reaponse:
I speak standard English to preserve it, because I taught English as a Second Language for 18 years and know that because there are more non-native speakers of the language than native speakers, the accuracy — and thus the beauty and nuance of it — is being destroyed, or is at least devolving.
In addition, I realized that I would have fewer incidences of confusion in the classroom, if I modeled correct English first — before speaking the dialectical incorrect versions of the language so common to many today.
I knew I would also have less of a hard time re-explaining structure if my students learned English correctly the first time.
I speak Standard English properly to the best of my ability, also because I am a burgeoning essayist, poet, comic and activist to the best of my abilities, and I feel that accuracy in language often — if not always — conveys meaning more precisely in those endeavors — and less ambiguously, if one utilizes it.
I have suffered occupationally and socially due to ignorance of the language on the part of others (a huge problem in the PC world of today).
I am interested in aviation and aerospace. There are hyper-important reasons illustrating why English is the international language of those endeavors and they aren’t in the realm of hegemony; its about accuracy.
English is a low-context, highly democratic and accurate language for “level-the-playing field” communication, which prevents plane crashes.
Finally, I seek an audience with the righteous, academic and political — as well as with common people such as myself, for the current era and for posterity, such that I can help improve the world. Saying things correctly makes that easier on all fronts — in my opinion.
I do step outside proper English to convey points, too, however — especially when I want to be humorous!
These are wonderfully good reasons to speak the language according to its best devised rules and conventions, in my opinion.