For reasons too complicated to explain here, I believe language is the scaffold around which a civilised society is built.
So what happens to society when language decays?
That's what worries me when I see "Please turn off tap's" and "I just brought an item from Ebay" (local police advertisement displayed all over Northampton), and "Your co-operation would be appreciated by refraining from smoking in the bus station" (Health & Safety sign in Greyfriars Bus Station). I mean, other than the fact that it's just stupid and ugly.
I'm not even sure of my own English anymore. There just aren't enough good examples of the proper use of language around to keep a person in good habits.
No wonder we're heading around the moral u-bend.
I'd better dig out some A.A.Milne or Graham Greene later on. Remind myself how it's done when it's done well.