When I was still running this blog through Blogger, I started having polls on the site. Unfortunately, WordPress does not currently have a poll widget for this layout. (If anyone knows how to do it without creating one’s own layout, please let me know!)
Here is the poll and the final results:
When is the word “thru” okay?
- Always (1 vote — 0%)
- In some circumstances (51 votes — 43%)
- Only if it’s part of a proper name (19 votes — 16%)
- Never (47 votes — 39%)
Total votes: 118
Thanks to everyone who voted! I wish I could have polls on here again.
Personally, I voted for never. I detest the word thru. I think it’s lazy, unnecessary and an insult to our language.
Granted, I can also see the other point of view. I think that the English language is complicated, especially when written, and so many of our words have silent letters. That makes it difficult for children and people learning English. I speak French, Italian and Spanish (the latter quite badly), and I love that I can read an Italian sentence aloud and pronounce it perfectly because everything is pronounced the same way. (French is another story.)
But does that mean we need to invent new words to make it easier for those who struggle? I don’t think so.
If we keep going at this rate, are we going to see the word enuf appearing in print soon?
43% of you said that the word thru is okay in certain circumstances.
So, tell me, which circumstances are those?