What made me think that? Just little touches like MOM and HONOR which are distinct, that's all... I thought that was really nice. I was not referring to any informality: we all use shortcuts communicating with friends on this forum... and in today's world generally. But the examples above are diagnostic of American orthography where a UK speaker naturally uses "mum" or "honour". My goodness, American English is not Bad English or informal English! (There are many slight differences in spelling and I suppose where there is a difference, a linguist can often make a case that American orthography is preferable. If he really has nothing better to do! ) It greatly distresses me if I have upset you or anyone. Why would I want to do that?
I was truly charmed by the exchange between you and Matt and now it seems I have offended you and probably him too by my stupidity. I can now see that the humility in the tone of my remarks to him could be read as sour and mocking. But I ask you again Maura, Why would I want to do that? I am not that person.