I see this happen. Popular usage – by sheer force of number – trumps the English books and the grammar police.
Our language is a living, ever-changing thing that (correct use of “that”) consantly mutates to the will of the masses.
Mark my words…in the not-to-distant future “U” will replace “you” in common usage, and maybe even “R”, instead of “are”. Yup…texting.
BTW (see?)…the most efficient way to write the first sentence in this article is:
“Almost no one anymore would properly use the word “who” in this…..” making use of “who” or “that” a moot point. Not a mute point.
I’m not going to yield on that one… not yet.
And don’t even get me started about use of “less” instead of “fewer”.