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Do spelling and grammar errors in threads hear annoy you or amuse you?

Old 06-12-19, 05:46 PM
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Grammatical errors made out of ignorance bother me, but typos don't, for the reasons already mentioned. Hell, I make lots of typos, but I try to be spot-on in my grammar usage. Others may think this pedantic, but how one writes does have an effect on how one comes across, especially when the written response is all there is to see. Repeated grammatical errors made by the same user get annoying. But, I'm not a grammar nazi by any means.
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Old 06-12-19, 06:57 PM
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No.

I've been a professional editor for more than two decades now. I require a salary to care about grammar.
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Old 06-13-19, 01:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Max Bottomtime View Post
I took several years of journalism classes in school, so misused or misspelled words jump out when I read them. I can forgive typos. I make them myself, however when I see the same words misspelled such as loose/lose, their/there/they're among others I look at it as a learning disability. The poster didn't pay enough attention in second grade when these words were taught, so I tend to discount their opinions.
His or her or his/her, not their, if you want to be punctilious.

To answer the question, I'm neither annoyed nor amused. I used to get annoyed, but as long as what's written is comprehensible, I now usually let errors go without comment.
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Old 06-13-19, 06:27 AM
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Re: Do spelling and grammar errors in threads hear annoy you or amuse you?

I usually just shake my head and move on, sometimes I'll show and/or tell my wife about it if it's particularly bad. What bugs me is that I seem to have a better grasp at spelling and grammar, with a high school diploma, that some people do with a college education, and it makes me wonder how that's even possible.

I always proofread my stuff before I hit the Post button, every once in awhile I'll screw up and need to edit my post, but I always proofread. I feel like it's a direct reflection of my intelligence to write legibly and use proper spelling and grammar, just as I feel like it's a direct reflection of other people's intelligence when they don't know how.

I rarely ever point out people's mistakes because I really don't want to be reviled wherever I go, but I do take note of them. Usually it both annoys and amuses me...
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Re: Do spelling and grammar errors in threads hear annoy you or amuse you?

Originally Posted by Norm de Plume View Post
His or her or his/her, not their, if you want to be punctilious.
I call bullshit! The singular "they" or "their" has been used for ages and is perfectly acceptable and as correct as singular he or she as far as classic pronouns go. Ages!! Oxford dates it back to 1375 in written form.

Ages!!!

(Assuming that's what you were talking about, anyway... )
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I call bullshit! The singular "they" or "their" has been used for ages and is perfectly acceptable and as correct as singular he or she as far as classic pronouns go. Ages!! Oxford dates it back to 1375 in written form.

Ages!!!

(Assuming that's what you were talking about, anyway... )
I acknowledge that it may be accepted in some quarters - though I did not know its approbation went as far back as into the Middle Ages, as you noted - but I don't accept it, and no one who values proper English usage should, either. It rankles whenever I hear or see it used, which is often.
"They" does not, and never will, represent the singular. It's undoubtedly easier, and in speech it's nigh-impossible to avoid in certain circumstances that involve long passages about anonymous singulars (in which case I find it preferable to use either the male or female), but one should be cognizant of its wrongness and at least make the effort to use the correct pronouns. /Rant
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Old 06-13-19, 05:08 PM
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Yes, using the singular "they" is lazy English, and a crutch that has been foisted upon us by the PC Police (what you euphemistically call "some quarters"). We've had this argument (in this very forum!) before many times.

Those pesky pronouns can be cumbersome at times, I'll admit, but making an attempt to use them properly and in context is not difficult. Most sentences with the singular "they" can be re-written better and less obfuscatingly.

But, Norm de Plume, you make this point far more eloquently than I.
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You know, I'm torn. People will say (after they've used incorrect grammar) "You understood what I meant, didn't you?". I have to admit, that's true.

But I also hear people say "This isn't for SCHOOL", as in you only need to use correct grammar and spelling for school essays and papers. That's not true. We spent all that time in English class, why not USE IT? After all, you don't offer to split a $12 restaurant bill with someone by saying "We'll each put down $5." When they (or he/she, ya happy?) point out that 5+5 doesn't add up to 12, you wouldn't say, "This isn't for SCHOOL, we don't need to use correct math."

I spent 12 damn years in that school, plus pre-school, plus kindergarten, and of course, several years afterwards in college. I'm not going make all that time moot by not using what I learned.
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^ Some people just don't give a shit. They talk like they hear other people talking, then write that same shit on the internet. Few people care about proper spelling and grammar like some of us do. Oh well, whatever, at least I sound literate (most of the time).
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I wonder how many people avoid posting on the internet or sending emails because their grammar is horrible?
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It's more about proper communication than about merely understanding someone.

We've evolved from "Ye Olde English" used in the Dark Ages, where words were spelled in a seemingly random and haphazard manner because so few people were even literate.

If you're going to take the time to post something that others will read in a public forum, it makes sense to at least try to communicate well. As in, using the basic nuts and bolts of the English language correctly. I think of it as a kind of self-respect issue. Some folks have no shame, just don't care, and propagate that mantra all across their meandering trails over the Internet.

So, writing comes as a joy to some of us, and a chore to others. To those for whom writing is a joy, using correct grammar and (attempting) proper spelling and punctuation, comes as second nature. Words are our tools, after all. And splitting infinitives as well...
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I wonder how many people avoid posting on the internet or sending emails because their grammar is horrible?
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Old 06-14-19, 03:29 PM
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Typos are fine, but using an ellipsis rather than a simple fucking period on every sentence is getting on my nerves...
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Re: Do spelling and grammar errors in threads hear annoy you or amuse you?

Doesn't bother ME!
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The thread title is a joke right? Just want to be sure...
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Oh, here comes OldBoy. Get ready to be annoyed, amused, or to not care.
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Oh, here comes OldBoy. Get ready to be annoyed, amused, or to not care.
kinda like what we do with your posts...
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I'm annoyed that you left (sic) out of the thread title.
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Re: Do spelling and grammar errors in threads hear annoy you or amuse you?

Typos don’t bother me as much as grammatical errors, like using apostrophes to make plurals. I had a coworker who was really bad about mistyping stuff in e-mail, which we all let slide for the most part, except when the errors made it so we couldn’t figure out what he was saying. Of course “now” instead of “not” is an infamous meaning-changing typo.

But in general I’m a stickler and get annoyed when people use “BR” for Blu-ray instead of “BD.”
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kinda like what we do with your posts...
Sweet burn, but see if I stand up for you and your inane threads anymore.
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Sweet burn, but see if I stand up for you and your inane threads anymore.
you stand up for me in my inane threads? my bad. didn't recall. i take it back, i take it all back!

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