I don't mean to misdirect the thread, but shouldn't it actually be about the overall breakdown in a variety of norms? Language, written and spoken seems to be breaking down, or if you prefer, changing. Driving is another one. People have been, for a while now, pulling out in front of oncoming cars, at the last possible second, when there are other lanes they could pull into, or even wait for the car to pass. In the last year, another trend has emerged - now people make u-turns in the middle of the road wherever they choose to, and in the middle of four way intersections. Foot traffic has had an unspoken 'keep to your right when passing' rule for as long as I can remember (which means around the early to mid 1970's) but now people insist on passing on their left, which frequently means cutting in front of someone or cutting them off. The one I find most disturbing is how blatant dishonesty seems to be okay now. Lying seems to have become the norm, to the point that many seem to accept it without question. Something is going on, and I'm not quite sure what. Things are changing, and it might be viewed as breaking down, or not. It seems to be happening in numerous ways, and on many different levels. It is most apparent in the way we act and speak.