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    08-27-2011, 10:29 PM
Consistently improper spelling and grammar on forums bugs me, but I overlook the occasional typo, or someone not following through with a thought - it's a relaxed setting, and we all make some mistakes now and then.

However, it really bothers me in a business/professional setting.

Three examples that, had they taken the time to write appropriately the first time, they would have saved themselves 3-4 follow-up emails clarifying what they meant (and therefore losing any time they thought they were saving by not taking the time to write correctly the first time).

1. A manager at work, trying to explain why a paper we wrote was not approved.

2. An instructor for my graduate level class, trying to provide feedback for a draft of a paper prior to the final being due (in the end I still did it incorrectly, but he gave me full points with the quote "i think I led astray" -- duh...).

3. A seller of a horse, trying to answer my questions about the horse. It's funny how writing style influences stereotypes. Based on his spelling and grammar, I really expected a run-down redneck type facility. It ended up being a multi-million dollar mansion. The guy was still annoying, though.

It's actually funny at work, I now have multiple people ask me to proofread their more significant emails prior to them sending them out. I just have a standard list of things I look for:
  • Spellcheck doesn't return any errors (I usually find several - really, you can't do this on your own???)
  • Appropriate grammar is used.
  • The point of the email is made within the first sentence, and then the rest is just supporting information (amazing how many people ramble on, and then get to the point after they've already lost their reader)
  • Text is broken into short paragraphs with white space for ease of reading
It's fascinating how just altering these few things can completely change the responses you get from the email recipients.
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    08-27-2011, 10:45 PM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
Ever since phone texting came into being, the demise of correct English language has been a snowball that has hit the point of no return down a slippery slop into oblivion.
Yes we all make spelling mistakes and even FF will not catch all of them.

However the snowball is probably slop (and unreadable) by the time it reaches the bottom of the slope anyways.

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    08-28-2011, 12:07 AM
Totally agreed with you, but I chuckled because your post was about grammar and spelling and you used a word that does not exist. "Alot" is not a word. A lot is. LMAO :) No worries!!
    08-28-2011, 12:32 AM
Originally Posted by jmjackson712    
I mean, I'm from NC, so even I wasn't raised to be very proper, and even my wife can tell you I'm not perfect with my grammar....
haha.. Thanks. Like I said, I'm not perfect with my grammar or spelling. I use ain't and y'all on a regular basis. And often say, "I ain't got no more"... But yes, I suppose if I was complaining about spelling/grammar, I could have at least had mine perfected for that one post. Haha. Thanks for pointing that out. What if I said it was a typo, does that help any? Haha.
    08-28-2011, 12:42 AM
Hahaha. ;D
    08-28-2011, 01:16 AM
Which spelling add on do you all use for firefox?
    08-28-2011, 01:36 AM
Originally Posted by AlexS    
Which spelling add on do you all use for firefox?

You don't add anything. It is just part of the browser. It underlines spellings it feels are wrong.

Unfortunately if you spelled a word correctly but in the wrong context it won't recognize it. So not foolproof but does catch a lot of the obvious ones.
    08-28-2011, 01:50 AM
Oh I see, thanks, I thought it was an auto correct. I have that, and I open a new window for words I am unsure about how to spell.
    08-28-2011, 02:46 AM
Slippery Slop and Snowballs. Sounds like a person could write an ode to that.
Lots of aliteration (spell?).

I realize that language changes and evolves to meet the needs of the people who use it. So, I suppose that text speak may become more common, since it is a product of a hurried world and we are increasingly just that.

But I do sincerely hope there will always be a place for those of us who gre pleasure from the artistic, thoughtful and accurate use of one of the most magnificent languages in the world. I know, English is hard to spell , hard to pronounce, doesn't follow grammatical rules as strictly as some other languages, but it is wonderfully descriptive and to allow it to just wither away because it takes time to learn good grammar and spelling and to then correctly type that in. . .for shame!
    08-29-2011, 11:26 AM
Poor spelling irritates me, and personally, I do find it to be a mark of someone's unintelligence. If you are intelligent, just SPELL CORRECTLY. Trust me-it is really not that hard. It does not take that much time.

I'm cool enough that I always use correct spelling in text messages I guess I can understand the necessity for "text speak", but outside of a phone text or an msn chat with a friend, I don't feel that there is any excuse to not use proper language. Especially on "formal" matters like sale ads and such. You just look like an idiot and a hillbilly if you can't use proper English in everyday life.

Originally Posted by Spyder    
I also refuse to read those that haven't a clue what a paragraph is and put 10 SEPARATE ideas into one run on block of words.

While punctuation is important I will forgive some but when I have to say to myself " Holy batman run on sentence" because of what I read....then it is dismissed without further reading also.
I completely second with this.

Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
YES, it's not so much that I refuse to read, I often try, but I just can't cope with huge blocks of text. You may notice I tend to be at the other end of that extreme, but that is how I read best.
Even the one-word-sentence-paragraphs are much, much better than the 1100-word-sentence-paragraphs. At least they are legible and don't hurt you to read.

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