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Webcomic: The final word on LOLcats

I think we can all agree that the whole LOLcat thing has reached its apex and it's time to move on. This Webcomic from Wellington Grey sums it up nicely.

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In the wake of Merriam-Webster declaring w00t as the Word of the Year for 2007, I think we can all agree that the whole LOLcat thing has reached its apex and it's time to move on. This Webcomic from Wellington Grey sums it up nicely. And no, I don't think we're actually doing lasting damage to the English language, mostly because this isn't a remotely new phenomenon. If English can survive oll korrect, it can survive I can has cheezburger. It's just passe. Seriously, you LOLcat freaks have almost made all your base are belong to us seem fresh and new again. Stop already.

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19 comments
Hodgelett
Hodgelett

"My Cat Hates You" predates "I haz cheezburger" and I hope it has many more years. Cats don't need bad spelling to be feared/laughed at.

techrepublic
techrepublic

TechRepublic: news, articles and discussion -or- a troll-website for click dollars? Discuss.

Tig2
Tig2

Belong to ME! Seriously, can we go back to spelling intelligibly? Please?

stormbringerPA
stormbringerPA

Lighten-up. No one is holding a gun to your head, making you go to the web site. It's funny, it has cats. That's good enough for some folks in an un-funny and weary world.

billnagel
billnagel

Ur just a jellus h8er! Srsly!!11!

Tig2
Tig2

What are you on about?

GSG
GSG

I had a vendor trying to sell me something send me an email that was only about half a page in length that had over 20 mis-spellings in it. I sent it back with the errors marked in red and told him that I wouldn't buy a product from a 2nd grader. Someone else sent me an email in that stupid text shortcut language, and I sent it back asking for it in English.

Tig2
Tig2

I stared at the first reply for ages trying to make out what it said. And the thought of w00t making the dictionary makes me a bit ill. What really gets me is that the peers on the board will cheerfully fry a blogger for poor spelling and poor grammar. But will also defend text shorthand. I just don't get it.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

all the time in spite of a requirement that they read and follow certain email etiquette guidelines posted to their course in Blackboard. I finally had to add a section to the syllabus noting that p*ss-poor spelling and grammar would cost them points.

Tig2
Tig2

Was the posts that appear here in text shorthand. And many of them are in the question forum. I understand that text between two cell phones or over IM has a place. But when you are posting to an online forum, it is reasonable to assume that you will post at least intelligibly. Peers went after a blogger for a typo. It happens more often than not. I blog and no matter how carefully I checked my blog, it wasn't until after it posted that I saw a grammatical error. In this case, it was a pretty innocent error. The blogger should have been cut the same slack that the initial person who went after him expected- that post was riddled with typos and poor grammar. That was what I was thinking of when I posted that.

tmdowling
tmdowling

>What really gets me is that the peers on the board will cheerfully fry a blogger for poor spelling and poor grammar. But will also defend text shorthand. I just don't get it.

Tig2
Tig2

I think that the problem with Oz is that he can't type worth a d@mn. And he doesn't care. But you are absolutely correct- he doesn't flame anyone for typos. You do good Jaqui. One of the many reasons to love you.

Jaqui
Jaqui

since the actual population here in Vancouver seems to be about 80% English as Second Language people, I've learned to recognise a lot of errors that are from different language backgrounds, and can ignore them, since at least the person is trying to communicate in the "official" international business language. The funny part is, that the written language from them matches their spoken english in grammar and syntax perfectly. [ make it easy to actually understand their meaning for me because of the large percentage of immigrants here ] and my own spelling isn't perfect, so when someone makes a spelling mistake I have no ground to stand on for ripping them apart. [ gee, ever notice that Oz also stays out of that arena ;) ]

Tig2
Tig2

You're one of the good ones. I just recall a recent blog from Paul Mah that contained an error- I want to say a spelling error- and the poor guy got flamed. And no, you did take part in the larger discussion, left the sub-thread alone. But you have to admit that there are those among us that take it to the wire. And text shorthand? I can barely read it!

Jaqui
Jaqui

I won't even reply to a text shorthand posting. someone want's my input, they can use english. I'm not even that nasty at bad grammar or spelling, specially when english isn't the person's first language.

GSG
GSG

I went to 4 Elementary Schools, 3 Junior Highs and 4 High Schools, and in every one of them spelling and grammar counted in all classes, not just English Class. My favorite teacher I ever had also insisted on correct pronunciation. If you "Aksed" her something, you lost a point. If you had trouble with pronunciation, she'd help you, but after that, you'd lose points if you weren't careful. Edited for... spelling. The keys keep moving on the keyboard.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

since the addition to the syllabus, one or two students every semester complain to my department chair. She tells them she does the same thing in her classes! Get a grip. Something is horribly wrong within the public education system when students think it is ok to ignore spelling and grammar rules in the classroom (that would be the figurative classroom as I teach web-based courses).

Tig2
Tig2

I wouldn't have tolerated poor spelling and grammar from my students. I don't see why you should!

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