"pleaded" is not a word? Really?
The trouble with being a pedant is that one is bound to be wrong, so I gave it up a while ago. It amuses me though, that my Oxford from decades past lists "pled" parenthetically as "U.S. dialect".
My Webster's unabridged, which is about as American as they come, actually lists "pleaded" first, indicating that it is the preferred form. Before correcting people on forums, I've taken to checking my facts unless I'm really, really sure. And even then, I usually hold off unless it's relevant to the discussion, or affects clarity.
But about dot grid ruling, I've never used it, but have one still unused Rhodia pocket sized notebook with it. My current pocket notebook, with lines, probably has about another month before it's full. This thread makes me curious enough that I'll probably use the dots notebook to replace it and see how I like that, despite the negativity.
Actually, I strongly prefer completely blank paper at all sizes. I never had an issue keeping the lines of text straight, and I don't feel that I'm being forced to keep my handwriting at a particular size. But I have a lot of lined notebooks to use up, and blank paper seems harder to find at the smaller sizes anyway.
"So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."
- Benjamin Franklin