Re: What is the
My mistake on the missing IF statement <8-)
My only excuse is that I am an old fart and I've lost my reading glasses; I am currently viewing this screen from about 8 inches away (20 centimetres in modern money!)
No, not everything has to be perfect; in fact it's surprising how much people can understand even when English is not the first language or when the pronunciation is poor. Generally, you can understand the meaning of something if only 30% of the actual words can be heard / read.
However, this does lead to some potential problems when meanings of words change - if I say that someone is sick, they are unwell. My niece who watches too much American television thinks that it means they are highly attractive (apparently)
Lusty, wait until you have teenage children, who communicate only in monosyllabic grunts. Then you too will long for the days when people enunciated clearly, used words that hadn't changed their meaning in the last decade, and spoke in sentences that were composed in a way to clearly communicate the concepts.
Jimmy Edwards because I grew up in the days when teachers did wear robes and mortar boards - and the pupils had a certain level of respect for them.