“Has not the curse of steel pens swept over the land until decent handwriting is almost unknown? Do not ninety-nine persons in a hundred use steel pens, and has more than one out of the ninety-ninethe effrontery to say he can write with them? Lord Palmerston was quite right – the handwriting of this generation is abominable; and as new improvements in steel pens go on, that of the next will be worse.”
Quote from Scientific American, March 1862
Had he seen Facebook, he would have soiled himself. The English language is in sufferage, the contraction is wounded and the adverb is dead.