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Subject: Anyone else hate bad spelling and grammar?
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 12:54 PM ET
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I go a little mental when I see poor/lazy writing.

 

"I should of brought my raincoat."

"I could've went to the shore if it wasn't raining."

"I don't know what your talking about."

"It's tail was enormous."

 

AHHHHHHHHHHH!

It's one thing if it's just a quick post on an internet thread, but it kills me when people who write for a living and who maintain blogs insist on peppering their work with typos, poor grammar, and general malapropisms.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 1:42 PM ET
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Yes and no. I do have my own spelling and grammer pet peeves. Your vs. you're is the big one.

As a general rule I have much more important things to worry about. I might be temporarily annoyed, but I don't spend much time dwelling on it.

ETA: But, when I see apostrophes used in plural nouns, that does irritate me and I will dwell on it.  It makes absolutely no logical sense to use an apostrophe when pluralizing a word. I can understand the confusion between your and you're, its and it's etc etc etc.  But I cannot fathom the misuse of apostrophes.

 



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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 1:43 PM ET
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It's all I can do to keep my red pen in check.  

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 2:04 PM ET
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For me to notice bad spelling and grammar, it takes a lot.  And then it does annoy me no end, mainly due to the fact I normally have very bad spelling, so if I can manage everyone else should be too.  Seriously I can have days where I will think a word is correctly spelt and it is not. 
I also made them add the google tool bar so now I can spell check my work before sending anything. I'm dyslexic but make an effort to correct my mistakes.

Another thing is, certain word processors or typing programs do not pick up on some grammar errors (or is that grammatical?). I have seen several people defend their blogs by saying they ran it through a certain program so the errors are not their fault.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:00 PM ET
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I have poor spelling and my grammer isn't so good unless I'm doing it for one of my papers in English class.  I will then read what I've written slower than normal and question all of it.  I'm just pointing out that in general conversation, my grammer will reflect my southern upbringing and since I'm on a public message board, my spelling will not be the best. However, I certainly have pet peeves:

* As someone else said, the incorrect use of your and you're.
* The incorrect use of their, there, and they're.
* I especially cringe when I see someone write knew when they mean new or the other way around.

I new you would take there picture. Your so nice!

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 7:50 AM ET
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Yes it does bug me!

So does chat-speak...

 

HML

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 11:02 AM ET
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It only bugs me when I see it in a book I'm reading.  And like Pam said, if I noticed it, it's got to be pretty bad.  My grammer leaves a lot to be desired.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 5:14 PM ET
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It does bother me to a certain degree, but then I have to remind myself that when I am writing I often make grammer misshaps, and misspell even more often ><. I always have to get someone to check my work for me.

Subject: English: The Lost Art?
Date Posted: 4/3/2009 11:26 PM ET
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Don't even get me started on horrid spelling and grammar. I am still in high school, this leads me to believe that correct use of anything English-wise is lost. My fellow friends can't type out simple words such as: you, are, boyfriend, best friend,etc. I read an article on MSN, that talked about 'English: The Lost Art.'  All my friends know my texts and email from everyone elses' because I actually spell everything out and I use correct puncutation. I read a published book, actually it was two-in-one, the other day... that contained elementary school mistakes. I couldn't even read the second part it was so bad. The lady could not use correct transactions or commas. There were no descriptive words just simple words a ten year old uses.

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 5:05 PM ET
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I cannot stand bad grammar and spelling to. 

 It gets on my nerves when people use apostrophes’ where they do not belong. 

I cringe when I see apostrophes misused in contractions; I wish people would’nt do that. 

 I wish people would learn to use there words better and know the difference between their and there.

I also enjoy when people ask how a certain word is spelt.  It always makes me think about wheat for some reason.

 *My all time favorite is the term ‘more better’.  I actually had an instructor say this in class and I just kept repeating it for the next 20 minutes because I had never heard something so funny.



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Subject: You're Joking, Right?
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:11 PM ET
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Jon, you made a spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistake in several of your own sentences. This goes to show that even those peeved by grammar gaffes make their own sloppy mistakes as well.

So if you are going to dive in and complain about other folks' writing mistakes, you better check and double check that your writing is perfect. I am already getting nervous my own rebuttal.

Otherwise you'll be eating humble pie. I should know, I've tasted it many times. LOL.

 

"I cannot  can't or can not stand bad grammar and spelling to too." 

"It gets on my nerves when people use apostrophes’ where they do not belong." (No apostrophe needed)

"I cringe when I see apostrophes misused in contractions; I wish people would’nt  wouldn't do that." (misplaced apostrophe)

 "I wish people would learn to use there words better and know the difference between their and there."  (rewrite. It's wordy and awkward)

I wish people would learn the difference between the words there, their, and they're.

 

 

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:16 PM ET
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Good job finding the errors in my sentences.  It was hard to write that poorly.  I welcome you to my sarcastic forum style.  I would give you an A but this was a pass/fail test.

By the way, you forgot a word in one of your sentences.  (quote)  I am already getting nervous about my own rebuttal. (end quote)

 



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Subject: Grammar Mavens
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:35 PM ET
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"It's all I can do to keep my red pen in check."

LOL, too funny, Caviglia!

Lighten up, people, and try no to toot your own horn too much.  Trust me, I've done that and regret it. As soon as I criticize or complain, OOPS, I make a mistake myself.

Most of us know the difference between advise, and advice as well as their, they're, and there. The trouble is that many of us type faster than our brains can process the words and our eye can catch it.

As for text messages, they are a sort of abbreviated "code."  It's quite a leap to declare English a lost art because of the popularity of text messaging. After all, English was not lost with the advent of the abbreviated classified ad or any other shorthand correspondence. I am not fond of texting code myself and I have a healthy respect for anyone who texts in complete and error free sentences. I won't, however, declare English dead because others just want to send a quick message and damn the grammar! LOL.

Remember, grammar isn't just a set of unchanging rules that, if memorized, guarantee one will never make a writing mistake. On the contrary, there is always something to learn or relearn.  People aren't stupid because they make an error. Language is "living" and always changing. What may be an error today may be perfectly acceptable tomorrow.

Unless grammar mistakes are in a textbook or in a professional business letter, I'd ease up.

 

 

Subject: I Heart Sarcasm
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:40 PM ET
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"By the way, you forgot a word in one of your sentences"

LOL! I rest my case!

I just hate grammar threads. Yet I can't stay away. LOL.

Subject: Making a Mental Note to Look Up the Word Malapropism
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:46 PM ET
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"It's one thing if it's just a quick post on an internet thread, but it kills me when people who write for a living and who maintain blogs insist on peppering their work with typos, poor grammar, and general malapropisms."

Scott, do not read The Shipping News. The fragmented sentences will drive you insane. The author thought she was very clever in writing this way to demonstrate the Newfoundland dialect.  The Pulitzer people though it was super too.  <shrug>

It drove my inner grammar maven nuts.

 

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 11:29 PM ET
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I saw The Shipping News when it came out, never read the book.  I guess I never will now!

I abbreviate all the time when I text.  But when I write, whether it's an e-mail, a message board post, a blog entry, or something more formal, I always re-read it to catch any mistakes, and I welcome when others point out any mistakes I missed.

I sometimes worry that I'm creating a superiority complex in myself by judging others' spelling and grammar so harshly.  At any rate, I know a woman who recently received a letter from her son's gym teacher.  The letter was rife with many of the mistakes cited in this thread, and so the mother corrected the letter in bright red ink and sent it back, asking him to proofread all further correspondence.  I thought this was hilarious.  The gym teacher did not.

PS - hate to beat a dead horse, but feel compelled to point out that "cannot" is actually an accepted spelling.



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Subject: Humbug to the Confounded Word Cannot
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 11:58 AM ET
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"PS - hate to beat a dead horse, but feel compelled to point out that "cannot" is actually an accepted spelling."

Sure cannot is spelled correctly, but how does one use it properly? This word always confuses me because I know there is a difference between cannot and can not, but I fuzzy on how to use them

To be honest, I don't know if Jon or I used it correctly.

Great! Now I have to go dig out my grammar books.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 3:04 AM ET
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