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Do grammar faults irk you?
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Posted 3/6/12 , edited 3/6/12

JustineKo2 wrote:

I don't mind slang, lolspeak and abbreviations but sometimes there are words that are spelled right but used wrong. For example, I see verbs that people avoid conjugating to the proper tense simply because they forget how:

"i was attack by my dog. It left scars. "

*attacked

"every1 said my hair look like second generation of dudes from Alice Nine"

*looked


Irk is the wrong word. It just makes me regard the poster with contempt. The ones who can't be bothered to try to communicate clearly are truly contemptible. The ones who can't string a coherent sentence together, who show up unarmed and defenseless to the conversational battlefield elicit a mix of pity and contempt.

Sometimes reading these forums is like showing up on an FPS multiplayer game and finding everyone dancing in the corner with their guns pointed at the ceiling.

The urge to commit the text equivalent of shooting their avatar in the back of the head while shouting 'learn to play N00b' is extremely strong at times.

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Yes, but I usually do this with my friends in real life rather than people on the internet. Personally I hate when people don't capitalize 'i.' It's one of the most basic rules of grammar. Actually, people who don't know how to use a shift key in general bug me. Then there's the 'your' vs. 'you're' thing...Another basic rule that most people cannot seem to grasp! Mostly twelve year-olds who think they're old enough to be on the internet. Lastly-my friend is famous for this-using the wrong form as words, such as their for there or accept for except. Drives me nuts.

I also hate, hate, hate, HATE chat speak. Whoever invented it needs to be shot in the head! I can and do use the basic acronyms such as 'LOL,' ROFL,' and 'WTF?' But I can't comprehend chat speak to save my life. Y, U and R are letters NOT words, and two, one and four are numbers and not meant to be used as fillers for words either. It's stupid and lazy, especially considering a lot of mobiles today have full keyboards.

For me, it probably come from being a writer more than anything, though.



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Kind of. If you're going to use a language you haven't created to communicate, you might as well use it correctly.
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lern to spell
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LostButterflyUtau wrote:

For me, it probably come from being a writer more than anything, though.



probably come . 'nuff said.


Thanks! I fixed it! (I actually like when people point out my typos. It helps me find stuff that I overlooked.
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I'm still not understanding the why behind why it bothers people. I just wish someone (a friend or acquaintance) had the nerve to correct my grammar. I tend to be overly polite in text messages either way, so it hasn't happened yet :-/

I just do not get it, and maybe I shouldn't. A previous poster mentioned they were good at math, and it got me thinking. Do all these grammar nazis remember all those algebraic formulas, scientific theories and laws, geographical locations? They devote much time agonizing and moaning over grammar mistakes yet I wonder how many of them are such experts in those fields.

Isn't English a field of study? Does it matter especially on a forum full of teenagers, non-native English speakers, people who's English is not as good as their math, science, geography, etc? We all have our academic strengths and weaknesses. And I already believe that the English language is ridiculous to begin with. I can, and maybe one day will write a thesis on why I feel that English is a language made of error.

So from what I am reading the why is because you feel like you can't take the person seriously? If you're an English Professor or an Editor than I can understand why it would "irk" you, but otherwise, really...why????
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LostButterflyUtau wrote:


Mangasurf wrote:


LostButterflyUtau wrote:

For me, it probably come from being a writer more than anything, though.



probably come . 'nuff said.


Thanks! I fixed it! (I actually like when people point out my typos. It helps me find stuff that I overlooked.


No problem. I was just being the thread's hypocritical instance by pointing that out, since it never bothered me. I just found it a little funny.
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I usually don't mind but I hate it when people are blatantly doing it on purpose to look cool. Spelling mistakes and slang doesn't make you cool. It's just so stupid.
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Grammar mistakes do bother me. A few here and there are no big deal, and those for whom English is not their primary language deserve leniency, but egregiously bad writing is not only difficult to read, but aesthetically ugly. One could probably make a reasonable pragmatic argument that good grammar is not really that important in a place like the CR forums. After all, we discuss trivia like best anime hair, and chopsticks versus fingers. Fair enough. However, for those of you who use bad English grammar, if you live in the U.S. or some other place where English is the official language (whether de jure or de facto), I hope for your own sake that you can write well when it comes to college application essays, cover letters for job applications, and other such documents. To employers and admissions officers and such, bad writing communicates sloppiness, incoherence, poor thought and education, and an inability/unwillingness to attend to rules and standards. You may say that's unfair, but for the most part, that's how the world is. How you deal with that is up to you.
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sushipath wrote:

Grammar mistakes do bother me. A few here and there are no big deal, and those for whom English is not their primary language deserve leniency, but egregiously bad writing is not only difficult to read, but aesthetically ugly. One could probably make a reasonable pragmatic argument that good grammar is not really that important in a place like the CR forums. After all, we discuss trivia like best anime hair, and chopsticks versus fingers. Fair enough. However, for those of you who use bad English grammar, if you live in the U.S. or some other place where English is the official language (whether de jure or de facto), I hope for your own sake that you can write well when it comes to college application essays, cover letters for job applications, and other such documents. To employers and admissions officers and such, bad writing communicates sloppiness, incoherence, poor thought and education, and an inability/unwillingness to attend to rules and standards. You may say that's unfair, but for the most part, that's how the world is. How you deal with that is up to you.


You are the first person I completely agree with. Having a distaste for bad grammar is necessary in some situations, and having good grammar is a must for the college and employment examples you listed.

If someone is typing on a forum I am not going to be irritated by their post simply because they didn't spend a few minutes to proof-read it. I do , again, that is because like I previously stated, I'm only concerned about my own spelling and grammar online. For others, this isn't school or work. It's online, and simple grammar mistakes should not be a big deal.

And it is very easy to spot other's grammar mistakes, but even more easy to miss our own.
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JustineKo2 wrote:

I don't mind slang, lolspeak and abbreviations but sometimes there are words that are spelled right but used wrong. For example, I see verbs that people avoid conjugating to the proper tense simply because they forget how:

"i was attack by my dog. It left scars. "

*attacked

"every1 said my hair look like second generation of dudes from Alice Nine"

*looked


marry me?

jk, of course, but yea a lot of people need to correct themselves. it does get annoying, but i find it fun to point out their mistakes.

although, college has and is still destroying the little of what is left of my grammar
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Depends on cause, nature and general circumstance.
I find it very irritating when people do it on purpose, like for example: Using 'z' instead of 's' thinking that it sounds cute or cool.

And also using Capitol Letters In Front Of Every Word Is Extremely Annoying To Read.

There's also the issue of easily being thought of as dumb or immature when you use "sms-speak" no matter where you (accidentally wrote 'they' here) are.
Personally I find myself not being able to take someone seriously as an individual during on line debates/discussions/chats when they can't even form a proper sentence. Though that might just be me being judgmental.. English is not my main language so I sometimes mix up 'then - than' and 'a - an'. Though it's rare, there have been people who've gotten irritated over it.

And there's a difference between being dyslectic and simply being lazy.

Simply put, it all comes down to how others perceive you.

Example:

Hello! My name is Jake, nice to meet you.
I really need some help , could you please help me with this?

hi my name iz jake nice 2 met u
i rly ned sm help plz help me wiht dis??????

(I realize that this isn't the best example, but it's late and I'm going to bed. =))
Posted 3/6/12
no i haev perect gramar
Posted 3/6/12
My grammer is pretty bad.... I use "then", "than", "dBs" and I thrown a lot of unneeded commas around

I was happy, yet shocked that I was top 3-4 in my English Composition class in College
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