Does spelling matter?

Random - posted on 03/31/2012 ( 60 moms have responded )

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Do you believe that spelling and grammar matter in online forums?

Yes or no?

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Jodi - posted on 04/04/2012

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Nothing wrong with British spelling. That's not a mistake. We use it in Australia, so my posts will be riddled with it. It has nothing to do with typos or spelling errors.

**Jackie** - posted on 04/06/2012

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Laura I am cracking up! Sad thing is...I've really read posts like that.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/04/2012

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MeMe, my boss giggles at me...telling my computer that it is a PERFECTLY acceptable word, just use the correct dictionary

Jodi - posted on 04/04/2012

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MeMe, the 'z' is also original British spelling, so it did originate in Britain. I just did a google search, and while it seems to be unclear, I read that '-ize' is used for English verbs which are derived from Greek words (for example, 'theorize'), and '-ise' is used for verbs derived from Latin or French (for example, 'realise', which comes from the French verb 'realiser'), but most people don't know the difference. So technically, we probably all do it wrong at times, depending on the word we are using. But they are both considered acceptable alternatives in any country.

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Kristi - posted on 07/10/2012

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I believe if you want what you have to say to be taken seriously, yes, one should take the extra time to proof read their comment before posting it. I get very frustrated trying to read through a comment FULL of misspellings, no punctuation, all caps and seriously bad sentance structure. I'm talking to the point of wondering if that line is supposed to be there or is it jibberish. I hate to admit this, but when the OP is like that, my first reaction is, "Maybe if you could speak English you wouldn't need to ask so many questions." I can be such a b****! But sometimes, after I've put the b**** back in the bag, I feel sorry for that person because maybe they didn't go to a school where teachers cared and worse, they didn't have parents who cared. My mother would be ashamed of both of us if I posted "that" kind of post. She worked hard to help us achieve higher standards. She believed knowing how to communicate was fundamental. I hated being corrected all the time when I was younger but now, so glad she did.

I want my thoughts, opinions and advice to be clear. If my comment is full of errors, no one will focus on what I have to say, instead, they will be lost in translation and ignore my ideas. I spend the time to look things up in the dictionary or my thesaurus. I spell check my words. I try to articulate my point of view so it sounds as well thought out as it really was. I have hard time understanding why anybody else wouldn't do the same, ignorance (at least my perception of one's ignorance) is not always bliss. And now, as I get ready to post this, I hope I have done all or most of the above because I'm completely paranoid that I will sound like the ignorant one! ; )

Merry - posted on 04/06/2012

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Ts so fny 2 typ lyk dis n ts ez 2 rd f u jst tke a min 2 c dat I'm ntng but a womn who pays 4 evry letr nd has no $. Don't b jdgn me so bad iz jst lyk u w/out all da class.



IT'S SO FUNNY TO TYPE LIKE THIS AND IT'S EAZY TO READ IF YOU JUST TAKE A MINUTE TO SEE THAT IM NOTHING BUT A WOMAN WHO PAYS FOR EVERY LETTER AND HAS NO MONEY. DON'T BE JUDGING ME SO BAD IM JUST LIKE YOU WITHOUT ALL THE CLASS.

Merry - posted on 04/06/2012

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Yes it does.

If you want to be taken seriously or respected you have to at least spell decently and use decent grammar. We all misspell words or auto correct can rear it's hilarious head but when you don't even attempt to speak coherently then you loose all credibility.

I make typos a lot, and my autocorrect is wonky. But I try and most of the time I manage to type decently.

:)

Lacieann - posted on 04/05/2012

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I absolutely think it matters.



I think that if you're trying to offer advice or ask for help then you need to be sure that anyone reading what you write can understand it. The only time I don't judge (inwardly and silently) is if it seems the person typing is not a native English speaker. It also makes me sad for my generation (I'm 24) because I notice a much higher rate of errors among my peers.

Jodi - posted on 04/05/2012

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LOL, Jackie, I wouldn't normally correct it, but I figured, given the topic...... ;D

Jodi - posted on 04/04/2012

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That would be "we Americans" not "us Americans". Just putting it out there while we are on the pedantic bandwagon......

**Jackie** - posted on 04/04/2012

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Shawnn, exactly! If someone typed "favorite" or "favourite" I wouldn't call either typos.



My apologies to anyone from the UK here! Sorry us Americans ruined your language!



Just a side note: If I were British, I'd talk all day lol

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spelling and the proper use of the shift key or caps lock are very important to me. i don't want to read a comment or post if the poster can't spell, doesn't realize their caps lock is on, or hits the shift key with every other letter. it's very irritating.



i prefer good grammar, too, but as you can probably see i'm not too big on punctuation and the like, at least not on casual forums.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/04/2012

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Shawnn, when my spelling program screams because I added a "U", I scream back! LOL I leave it, the spelling program just pisses me off sometimes.... hehehee

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/04/2012

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MeMe, don't feel bad, I get chatted by my hubby all the time..."how do you spell...and then some butchered word...LOL..."



I will say that, more than once, I've opened M-w and looked up a spelling before posting here!

Jodi - posted on 04/04/2012

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Can't you tell I have a morning off? I had time to google search something useless.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/04/2012

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Yes! Most definitely!



Typos do happen, and can be forgiven, but I abhor reading posts that look like something the friends of my kids would text! RU getn my point?



The more attention you pay to spelling, grammar, and sentence structure, the more articulate your posts will be, and the more likely I am to read and consider them! Now, I'm not as much of a stickler on grammar, per se, because I'm DEFINITELY not strong in that area. But, please, pretty please, check spelling and punctuation!



I will shorten words, but only with the "acceptable" changes that I've been taught...Though becomes tho, etc.



ETA: My thing is that I prefer the British spellings over most American spellings, so will use the British...LOL...and wait for my word processing programs to scream when I type something like

behaviour
instead of
behavior

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/04/2012

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Exactly Jodi... Both American and British are correct spellings. ;) I was taught to use U's in words that many Americans do not, in school. I am not sure why I was taught to use Z's, rather than S's though... hmmm

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/04/2012

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LMAO!! You're too funny Jackie...love it!

**Jackie** - posted on 04/04/2012

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I find myself almost spelling words the British way because I read a lot of books by British authors and it kind of just wears on me.



Well you and my husband would get along! dorks lol

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/04/2012

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Hey I spell many words the British way! LOL Except, I like my Z's but I also like my U's... hehehe

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/04/2012

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I may not be great at spelling for myself, but see other peoples errors easily. Don't know why it works like that for me, but it does. Plus, I have spell check on my comp for the words that I am uncertain of for myself. Also, really obvious mistakes, are well.....obvious.

**Jackie** - posted on 04/04/2012

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MeMe, I am cracking up! My husband is the same way! He adds an "e" onto everything. If he does spell a word right he will pause and then add an "e"...really? lol! He also spells words the British way, such as favourite, realise etc lol I figure hey, we butchered their language anyway so have at it.

**Jackie** - posted on 04/04/2012

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LMCBW, I have a question...if you aren't great at spelling how would you know that they are butchering their post? Given that you are letting them slide here and there, how could you be sure that their spelling is incorrect? Just wondering

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 04/04/2012

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I must add though, that my husband, my lovely husband, is the absolute worst speller ever... ;)



He calls me, while I am at work and asks me how to spell things (like, just the other day, he needed to know how to spell interested and balanced - he is selling some tires on rims), so he can list stuff on Kijiji. LOL



He is just to cute though. Actually, he has always struggled with spelling and math, we are now beginning to think he may have a wee bit of dyslexia.



However, I do not need to read anything he writes, so I am not able to get discouraged. ;)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/04/2012

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But my favorite? When someone is bitching about spelling and grammar, and they fuck up themselves. Makes me feel a little better for sure ;P

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/04/2012

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I am a terrible speller. Always have been. I even wrote my name wrong on a spelling test in grade school. If I can get the gist of what someone is saying, it is no big deal. To me, it is the same as judging someone by appearance. It is not a good way to be. I will say, text talk and all capitalized makes it difficult to read so I avoid those threads.

Stifler's - posted on 04/03/2012

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I don't care about typos but you can sort of tell when it's a typo and when the person hasn't googled how to spell or use a large word in the right context.

Kelina - posted on 04/03/2012

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yes and no. The occasional spelling or grammar issue? no. text speak and totally improper spelling throughout the entire post? yes. People don't take you as seriously and make assumptions about you and your background if you don't spell properly. Or use improper punctuation. Again, not using a period all the time, or using a comma in the wrong spot-not an issue. I'm really bad for the commas, I never did learn how to use them properly :) But having a period after every word? I won't respond to those posts. It's frustrating trying to wade through them because your brain automatically interprets them as stilted speech.

**Jackie** - posted on 04/03/2012

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UMMM YES. In fact, it's my pet peeve. I can totally understand when people are typing away and one point turns into a paragraph of run-on sentences. There are always exceptions, however, this is our language...learn it. There is no reason for misspellings. If you have a problem with how a word is spelled or in which context it is appropriate, just don't use it. Stick with what you know. I am not impressed by large syllable words, I am impressed by a post that leaves me thinking.

Lacye - posted on 04/02/2012

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For me, it does. My dad was extremely OCD about spelling and grammar and he would always check my homework and would always make me redo the entire homework until it was perfect. So he basically "pushed" his OCD on me. If I misspell a word, it drives me crazy. I have to continuously go back and fix my mistakes and it doesn't help when I see other people do it. My friends and family laugh at me because even my text messages are mostly correctly spelled and have proper grammar.

Natalie - posted on 04/02/2012

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Typographical errors will occur, but if the entire post is filled with grammatical errors and misspelled words, I automatically tend to disregard the post.

Sylvia - posted on 04/02/2012

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Also, I am extremely reluctant to click on any post whose TITLE IS ALL SHOUTY LIKE THIS.

Sylvia - posted on 04/02/2012

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Yes, I do. I know typos happen, and dyslexia exists, and in many of the places where I post I suspect a lot of people are typing with one hand and nursing a baby with the other ;), but you know what? I correct people's spelling and grammar all day for a living (I'm an editor), and I just don't have the patience anymore to spend my online leisure time deciphering posts in which every other word is misspelled, there's no punctuation and no paragraphing, the grammar is from outer space, and ppl rite like dis for entire paragraphs ... too much effort for too little reward :P



I cut people some slack if it's obvious English is not their first language, of course.

Minnie - posted on 04/02/2012

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For the most part. A slip up here or there doesn't bother me so much, many type fast and might not notice the error. But continuously using improper grammar, txt speak, pluralizing words with possessive apostrophes...it makes me want to tear my eyeballs out. Or huge run-on posts with no paragraphs.



I can usually tell when it's simply because the English is a person's second language. It's quite blatant when the typist is just butchering English as her first language.

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Elfrieda, did I miss something? Who was being disrespectful? Or maybe something was deleted since the last time I was on.....

Sally - posted on 04/02/2012

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I agree even though when im tired , i can be the worlds worst. I hate txt speak because nine times out of ten i can't understand whats meant. I do like commas because things just run in to each other but i make mistakes and as long as its not a 2 page post, i will try to understand. Some people have really bright minds but find it hard to express in the wrtten form.

Elfrieda - posted on 04/01/2012

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Okay, people. I know it's difficult when we all think so differently and the debate gets heated, but let's keep it respectful, okay?



:P

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I echo what Krista E. said.

Also, text speak on these forums DRIVES. ME. BATTY!

As in, if the title of the thread is in text speak, I won't even bother opening it to read it.

Aleks - posted on 04/01/2012

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Oh ... Well.. should have just read all of the above posts and said "same as above"...LOL

Aleks - posted on 04/01/2012

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To a greater extent yes. Sometimes I can understand people being in a rush, typing quickly and not noticed their spelling mistakes. It happens to the best of us.

However, sometimes I find that I have great difficulty in reading and comprehending some posts because they contain huge amounts of spelling errors or lazy abreviations, lack of punctuation, not to mention grammatially poor. Not only make posts hard to understand but are easily misunderstood. Sure, some here are non native english speakers, but these women are easier to spot and one can forgive this. However, native speakers who are sloppy with their postings frequently annoy me and I tend to skip over their posts or don't bother much with them.... perceiving the author to be lacking in education and generally in intelligence - sorry, but that is just my natural reaction.

Isobel - posted on 03/31/2012

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I should say...so long as it's legible...I'm ok. I must say though that many posts are not.

Stifler's - posted on 03/31/2012

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Yes. Yes they do. I can't read posts that are a wall of text with no punctuation or every word has a capital or in all caps. Also, if you can't spell the word how are we supposed to know what you're saying?

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To a point, yes. I make spelling and grammar errors at times, use the word 'cuz' instead of because, and am endlessly using..... ;) People make mistakes or just don't know the correct spelling of some things and that is fine and to be expected, but if your whole post is in 'text speak' (which I don't even use when I text), there is no punctuation, or most of even the simplest words are misspelled... yeah, I'm going to judge. I most likely won't SAY anything, but... I'm judging inside. ;)

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/31/2012

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I agree with each previous poster, as well.



I don't look for perfect spelling or grammer, mistakes happen. However, long spiel's that have absolutely no breathing point or every second word is spelt wrong? Yeah, that makes it very difficult to understand. I will usually move on, since if I don't, I lose my place half way in and it becomes frustrating.



It also gives me an inclination of education and intelligence. Most that have a fair amount of both, are willing to speak and write clearly. ;)

Celeste - posted on 03/31/2012

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I agree with the previous posters. It doesn't have to be perfect spelling and grammar; a random typo can happen to anyone. Somewhat good spelling and grammar helps get your point across. It's beyond frustrating to read when I'm unable to decipher the post. Usually, I'll skip those posts.

Krista - posted on 03/31/2012

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To a degree, yes. The odd typo or error doesn't bother me. However, some people write so poorly that they are completely unintelligible. Absurdly long paragraphs with a complete absence of punctuation, textspeak, or just ridiculously poor English -- they all make it frustrating to read the person's posts.



And really, if you're posting in an online forum, then you are either seeking help or offering an opinion. And in either case, don't you want your words to be understood? Otherwise, you're just wasting an awful lot of your own time.

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