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Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011 ( 101 moms have responded )

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In an online forum, I see spelling and grammar errors. I'm sure we all do, and I know we all make them. I know some are intentional (the "text speak", the "Every Word Must Start With A Capital Letter Or The World Will End" group, etc), but others aren't.

I proof-read before I post things, but I know I miss things and sometimes I'll go back and correct it. I don't know if that's typical or not.

Anyway, since it IS an online forum, and all you know of a person is what and how they write, how do you view these? Would you prefer to be told (as I do), because it's similar to me in real life walking around with my dress caught in my underwear, or a booger hanging out, or my zipper down? Or just let it be and let you keep making the same errors, over and over, in favorite sayings?

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If you can make out the post, get the gist of what the person is saying.Just leave it at that.Why say anything.Just post your reply and get on with things.

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For me it doesn't bother me when there are a few typos, we all make them, what I find incredibly frustrating is when people spell half their post incorrectly and use horrid grammer throughout - that de-values their opinion/ point to me because if you cannot get the basics correct why would I take advise from you? I find that the ladies on DM are very articulate and so their typos don't bother me - except the ones who insist on using one paragraph for their essays - I fight the urge to write paragraphs are our friend, please use them.



I only correct if someone gets a name wrong because it really is a pet hate of mine and is incredibly rude, especially as the name is on screen all they have to do is copy, I ignore other spelling/ grammatical mistakes as I assume for the most part they are a typo and the really bad posts I just don't read them because they are too much work to read and decipher. I have no problem being corrected with my spelling/ grammar as long as it is done in the correct way, without rudeness and not when I am in a serious or heated debate with the other person then it just looks bitchy.

Krista - posted on 03/26/2011

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The little scroll boxes DO make it a lot harder to correct your errors. If you use Google Chrome, you can expand the box, though -- that's what I do.

Vegemite - posted on 03/27/2011

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Man, I reread and double check then edit every post I make but because of my reading problems due to dyslexia I just don't see some of them. If I didn't edit my posts no one would know what i'm on about, I hate it because I know what's correct and whats not but I just can't get it to come out that way. For this reason I also have to read other's posts a few time to make sure I'm reading it correctly and comprehending what they are saying as what they are saying not something else.

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I agree, it's in the way you correct a person for the most part. There is no reason to be tactless and rude.

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Ha ha! That's great Amy! Our community fair grounds once had a dog exposition, but the person who bought the web address didn't think it out very well because it was www.dogsexpo.com (dog sex po - lol). I took a picture and sent it to a couple late night shows, but they haven't' put it on... yet :)

Iridescent - posted on 03/30/2011

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There was a typo on the bank clock today uptown...I had to correct it! It's been up since Monday I guess and I was the first to notice it...



Annal Men's Stag Night



Yes, clarified to be sure it was just men, and only stag. I asked if it was also BYOB (Bring Your Own Beads).



Some mistakes are HUGE. I'm sure it'll be corrected soon if it isn't already! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=12...!/photo.php?fbid=10150141945996167&set=a.155678736166.127146.678681166&theater - Just in case you want to see.



Edited to add - the link takes you to the album I guess if you click directly. It's the last pic. Otherwise it's copy/paste the whole works into your address bar to go directly to the pic.

Krista - posted on 03/30/2011

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Heh -- no, Laura. It's snowmobiling. Skidoo is an extremely popular name of snowmobile, so up here, the colloquialism is that people are going skidooing.

Merry - posted on 03/30/2011

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Skidooing, like what Steve and blue do on blues clues???
Lol, blues clues is on as I type this and they literally just 'skidooed' :)

Krista - posted on 03/30/2011

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And not nice, thin mittens, Julianne. I'm talking about those big padded, elbow-length sons-of-bitches that you wear to go Skidooing.

Jenny - posted on 03/30/2011

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When I initially post I make tons of mistakes as I think faster than I type. Sometimes I skip over whole words. I try to go back and correct as I can though. Bad grammar and spelling is one of my pet peeves for myself.

Krista - posted on 03/30/2011

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For the most part, I think people here aren't THAT pent-up about grammar and spelling, as long as we can actually make out what the other person is saying.

The odd typo or bit of poor punctuation? Who cares.

Unintelligible gibberish? Well, you're not going to get much support and advice if nobody can figure out what the hell you're talking about, right? So people who type like they're wearing mittens are really doing themselves no favours.

The only exception to the first bit, is if someone is making the same mistake over and over and over, like in that whole "lactose and tolerant" thing we often see. At that point, it's obvious that the person genuinely doesn't KNOW how to properly write the word, at which point I'll usually mention it, just as an FYI, so that they know for future reference.

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Lmsao(s for skinny wish it was big like jlo's lol)
Davina i love your post..you go girl..now thats saying it all in one..love it:-)

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Lmsao(s for skinny wish it was big like jlo's lol)
Davina i love your post..you go girl..now thats saying it all in one..love it:-)

America3437 - posted on 03/30/2011

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oh hunny' welcome to this fucked up place where caps are banned but you can say twat and other offensive shit oh just make sure your grammer is correct!!!lol.......

De - posted on 03/30/2011

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It's so refreshing to see this post and all the comments, I was starting to think that i was the only one who felt this way!

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I LOVE that chick's blogs Julianne! Thanks for sharing that one - I had missed it somehow when I was reading her stuff a few months ago!!! :)

Jenni - posted on 03/29/2011

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I think I was a little offended at the time because correcting someone in the middle of a debate kind of belittles their argument. I won't hold a grudge though. I understand now that wasn't your intention.

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lol i thought the link was funny...someone did that to me before and i thought i would pass on the humor.

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I've been ridiculed for my apparent bad grammar and spelling on here, like i was some poor ignorant bastard who doesnt know what from what. Apparently its super important. Well guess what. I don't give a fuck.

tho for though, ohhh shorthand, reporters do it all the time

not using proper punctuation? really? do you not know when a sentience ends? or if its a question? do i really need to use punctuation so you understand what im saying?

capital letters? do i get an A+ for using them too? oh wait.....im not being graded on my posts...Seriously, Its a forum. A place to chat, CHAT which has its own set of rules. Those are, who cares what way you write what as long as you get your point across because lets face it. LMAO is not proper either, but you don't see grammar nazis spelling that one out.

Just so i dont OFFEND(oh shit i used all caps!) this is not directed at anyone particularly. It just urks me when people get all...AH im going to point out all your flaws in posts just to either 1. piss you off/embarrass you by calling you out on your mistakes and making you feel stupid or inferior 2. Try to show you how much better i am than you because of my own insecurities or 3. Just feel like being bitchy ...like we're back in junior high or something.

♥TIA♥ - posted on 03/29/2011

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Nah, but thanks a lot for your expertise. Really appreciate it. Didn't think this place had to be so perfect and or on all individual women terms, even as far as proper grammar. I am sure a lot of women here are not here to go to a non a credit school for it either. But I am sure some ladies will appreciate your concern and need for them to improve in their spelling/grammar more than the parenting or friendship they seek...Friends are those that still support and care about you by accepting who you are. Even if there is non improvements.
Just know that this is my own opinion. To Error, is Human. even for those that are perfect and know more knowledge of grammar and proper text. I'm sure your concern and address to it, is greatly appreciated. ; )

Brandi - posted on 03/28/2011

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I think sometimes we type fast on here to get our point across quicker. Maybe before someone else beats you to it, so sometimes that is why there are mistakes. If I notice it happening from the same person, then I conclude that they just don't know any better. But, honestly, if it is just one mistake, I would rather you not bring it to my attention... if it happened more than once, by all means, please let me know so that I don't look illiterate.

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I love spell check, i find it makes you a little lazy at times.

When i was a child, no one instilled a love of learning in me.I was never thought as a young child up to age four.I went into care at 4, and then i started school.



I started at the bottom.I struggled so bad for 3yrs.

I then got extra help from a teacher the got in.

With a lot of work and encouragement from this lady,i ended up top of my class and remained there until i finished school.



I love to learn and write now.My spelling is not excellent.

I was always afraid to try in fear of getting something wrong but once i had that encouragement i excelled.



So i don't like to point out ever any errors one might make.Were not perfect, we don't know they other people on com and there story.So i would personally not say a thing.

Its rude to expect others to be up to anothers standard when it comes to spelling and grammer etc.Lets face it were all different.Accept it& respect it.:-)

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It really doesnt bother me either. I mean I know sometimes Ill read someone else's post and wonder if they really dont know how to spell that word or something but other than that i would care less if some uses all caps or whatever. I mean some people just dont know how to type and im not gonna hold it against them. I cant type really fast but I know sometimes im in even more of a rush than usual so i dont really care if all my 'I' 's are capitalized or if i spell know like kno. I do try to always proof read cuz i like for my posts to make sense and be understandable but like i said if im in a rush i wont

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I will try but I only spell Australian. I do miss out commas for things like dont and theyre but i dont see that as an issue and i rarely use a capital I if im talking about myself ie i went to the shop today :)

Stifler's - posted on 03/27/2011

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I don't proof read people's post, but seriously. One long sentence and no paragraph breaks = a wall of text no one can follow. I wasn't rude when I corrected old mate about the lack toast and tolerant either, just wrote something like "I think you mean lactose intolerant".

Iridescent - posted on 03/27/2011

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@Jessi, awesome! I'm so glad you like it!
@Deanna, that's so sad. It was good of you to reply as you did, and hopefully she won't shy away from asking for help because of it. I know for a fact I could never write/speak in another language entirely, even with a lot of errors. I couldn't get my need across.

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I'm pretty anal about my own spelling and grammar, and, I must a admit, grammatical and spelling errors irk me, but that's my problem. I'm not about to correct anyone else's stuff because I think it's the content that's more important in this sort of forum.



But when I see long screeds of unintelligible, unpunctuated gobbledly-gook, I don't even bother. Some posts are just too hard to read! And, for me, text-talk is a big no-no. Text talk is for text messages.



But misused apostrophes REALLY get to me! Remember, if it's plural, it doesn't need an apostrophe!



I definitely agree with all the complaints about the miniscule text box and i can't understand why it's not bigger. People rave about Chrome, but it's still only in beta form, and caused so many problems that I uninstalled it. Besides, it's a huge program and takes up so much space.

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I replied to one post last night where the only other person that had responded was someone that was being rude and mean. Obviously this woman spoke and wrote very little english but she had a problem. This woman apologized for not being able to help her because of her "faults" and told her she might want to think about getting a translator or proofreader. Honestly I think the woman was just being a flat out *itch. Yes there were spelling errors but anyone that has teens or texts a lot could decipher it. I answered her question. Then posted again and told her that not everyone was going to be mean and vicious on here and that her post was decipherable.

So basically I think that depending on the situation. In this case the woman new her limits but was trying to reach past them for help with a problem. If it is an honest mistake and you know the person wants to be corrected then go for it. Otherwise I think it just sounds rude and makes people sound like uppity snobs.
IMO

Jessi - posted on 03/27/2011

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HOLEY SHIT. way to go google chrome. ... love it. thanks so much for the offhand recommendation. it actually has spell check built in!! yay...
AND i made the box i type in bigger. how cool is that!
and i had absolutely no idea internet explorer was bad for viruses!!

Stifler's - posted on 03/27/2011

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The teen mum group are the worst. I actually left the group because I just wanted to scream at everyone over their constant bad spelling and grammar which made their posts too hard to read.

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American British
color colour
draft draught
while whilst
on upon
dialog dialogue
check cheque
program programme

Hmm interesting I'm British and I use both of the variants of some of the examples above:

A draft is a preliminary form of something i.e. a draft essay
A draught is a breeze that is chilly (usually from under a door).

I may say I am eating an ice-cream while I wait for my hubby or I am eating an ice-cream whilst I wait for my hubby depending on how I feel - both are correct spellings and are used in the UK, as are on and upon.

I check I have typed my draft correctly whilst I pay a cheque into the bank.

:-)

Tara - posted on 03/27/2011

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The odd typos or misspelled words, improper use of the ellipsis, etc don't bother me on internet forums and chats, not everyone has impeccable spelling, punctuation and grammar. And even those who do sometimes choose to ignore their own mistakes rather than re read and correct.
I usually see them after I've posted and then fix them cause that's just how I roll. There are times when I cringe reading some posts, the kinds where one out of every 10 words is spelled incorrectly, there is no punctuation at all, or worse improperly used punctuation, etc. but I don't use my knowledge of the English language to correct them, they likely know they can't spell very well and if they want to find out how to spell things correctly they need only look them up. So really if I were one of those people I would be insulted by some strangers attempts to correct or teach me proper grammar, spelling etc. no matter how nicely they offered their advice/criticism.
That is all for now. :)

Merry - posted on 03/27/2011

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I mis type a TON and my iPad spell corrects thing wrongly a TON I prefer to re read my post and edit as needed, but often I'm typing as Eric is doing something that needs my attention and those times I post and walk away. Usually I don't use slang and text words, but if I do it's usually the more regularly used ones anyways.
But yeah, I do judge people sometimes when they are typing horribly the whole post! And sadly enough, the teen mom group I'm in is by far the worst typers! They misspell a lot and they use abbreviations I don't know, and they do the capital letters stuff and have weird punctuations that don't make sense etc. It's hard to read! But mostly, a misspelled word here and there doesn't bother me, I usually can understand the meaning of the post even if one word is messed up, buy if it's the whole thing, then I get lost!

Iridescent - posted on 03/27/2011

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Google Chrome is another internet browser. IE is Internet Explorer - pretty well known for passing viruses. Firefox is another, which I use, but each one has its own problems and features. Firefox and Chrome are considered best for not passing viruses unless you actively click on a viral link.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/27/2011

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LOL....Yes Amy, I read that already. That was simply Stephanie saying that it was rude the way you attempted to "help". She didn't bring the entire discussion about it in here. I thought you wanted to stop talking to me about this? Let it be over then.

Iridescent - posted on 03/27/2011

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"Amy- The way you spoke on the other thread was uncalled for, to suggest that someone looks like an uneducated fool for misinterpreting one word."

THIS brought it up. I wasn't even talking to you, yet you continue to take it personally. This did lead me to ask the question, yes, because if everyone views a truly simple correction so negatively I'd really like to know. How am I supposed to learn some "tact" without knowing what the lines are? I DO care.

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Actually, you did bring it up. Not only did you start an entire thread becouse of it, you were just directly refering to it. If you wanted the appology to stick, you should drop it also. That means not starting an entire thread to discuss it.

Iridescent - posted on 03/27/2011

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I didn't bring it up. Scroll up. Can we end this here, please? I did apologize on the other thread, and if you can't accept that there is nothing I can do about it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/27/2011

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LOL...yeah Amy, I made a mistake. I was going fast, and didn't figure I would be nit picked...did I write that correctly? I mean give me a break. You know what I was saying, that was the problem. You insisted on pointed out a simple mistake, and then stating that I was undecucated etc. etc. You were extremely rude, and if you cannot own that you were, don't bring it up in another thread. I admit I was rude back due to your statements. I was actually going to also make a thread like this, you just beat me to it.

It is all about approach in a situation like this. You approach was intentionally insulting, and highly critical. Get over it.

Iridescent - posted on 03/27/2011

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Honestly, from the other post - the saying used made no sense at all with the word "caddy" in it - what would a person with golf clubs, there to fetch balls, have to do with snippiness? And if it's a saying used incorrectly often it really isn't that hard to learn the right word (not misinterpretation - it was entirely the wrong word), and I gave a very simple correction I didn't think was harmful and it went to my head being served on a platter. It never would have gone past that otherwise, and I didn't call anybody any names at all still, I simply said how it appears to me. It's an opinion.



That said, this post was to ask about whether people are all that snippy about corrections and don't want to know, or if they'd prefer to know so they can use the words correctly. There are a TON of variances based on language, country, etc, and I know quite well that "American Grammar" is not the master of them all, and never claimed it was. I LOVE British English with the extra letters! And you can also see when someone was also in a hurry, or simply doesn't use caps (really for me not a big deal; I do the same in chat constantly).



I don't think being an adult out of school is an excuse to become a poor example to our kids. We're all parents, we're all busy, but we don't all think a sloppy post is goal on any post. Sometimes we're busy, and some people simply write, "I'm in a hurry so take it as it is." I'd like to be a good example for my kids, and be able to help them with their language skills instead of hinder them.

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I don't enjoy "text speak" either it confuses me and I struggle to understand what is being said. There are occasions thought where I do over use the "caps key" and some times under use it. but I do try to proof read it and if I miss something go back to fix it. I don't have a problem with anyone telling me off for bad grammar or spelling actually I prefer it, how else do I fix my errors.

Jenni - posted on 03/27/2011

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That's ok Teresa... I meant when the whole post is made up text speak. Like I said, I haven't witnessed anyone doing it on DM.

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I use 'cuz' all the time. It's really the only 'text speak' I use... even when texting, except in texts I also use K instead of ok.

Jessi - posted on 03/27/2011

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hah.. i never capitalize either. though i do try not to spell things wrong. at the risk of sounding ignorant, what is google chrome? i think ill go google it!

Jenni - posted on 03/27/2011

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I think the only thing that 'irks' me really... but I've never said anything about it until now... is when people use text talk. For all I know they are using their phone or Ipad or what have you. Although no one here seems to do that. If it happens once in a post I could care less but I cannot stand constant use of: cuz, b, 2, u, l8s, etc. unless in the form of a text! Just a 'lil' pet peeve of mine.

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while it annoys me when people make mistakes, i'm not perfect so i don't feel i should say anything. besides , i'm too lazy to capitalize at all, and my fingers get in a hurry sometimes and i put apostrophes in the wrong place, but meh. i figure people will figure it out, lol. i do proofread and if there is something really bad, i'll fix it, but obviously it all depends on what we each consider "bad", lol. i'm sure i drive more than a handful of people nuts because i don't capitalize!

Jenni - posted on 03/27/2011

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mmmhmmm. I misuse there, their, they're quite often. Or to,too. It's not that I don't know the correct usage. I'm just not paying attention sometimes.

I had someone correct me but it wasn't done in a nice way. We were having a serious debate, not heated in anyway but a serious topic. Virtually, out of nowhere, I was given a link to a site making fun of people who make the common mistake of using a 'fake word'.

I found it petty and in bad taste. Probably wouldn't have even cared if I was just corrected on it. It was 'how' I was corrected on it.

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