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Spelling without the aid of a spell-checker

By SoldierJedi ·
What is happening to the way we type?

I've been browsing through the discussion threads, and I've noticed that there are a lot of posts where the spelling is absolutely atrocious.

At least three typos on each line!

There is no excuse for it, and it is mildly offensive, as it shows you do not care about how others may perceive you, or the value they attribute to your opinion or comments.

Personally, If I'm reading a post or a reply, and it is littered with lazy typos, my opinion of the writer is dramatically reduced. I can imagine that the writer is a hyped-up gibbering, slobbering nerk who hates Microsoft, blames them for everything wrong with computers in general, persists in typing the abbreviation "M$", and cannot see any fault with Open Source Operating systems, but everything faulty in the "WINTEL" corner of the ring...

Apologies to you slobbering nerks who do like Microsoft... <g>

There may not be spell-checker in Discussion Forums, but that makes no difference. You should know how to spell without one, and have the sense of self-respect to review your text before posting it.

Laziness. Sheer laziness...

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ummm

by maecuff In reply to and speaking of speeling. ...

with = worth, and take the question mark away from obnoxious and replace with a period or exclamation mark. thanks

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Can I assume you don't agree, then? Yes or no...

by SoldierJedi In reply to Contradiction in your ali ...

Can I assume you don't agree, then? Yes or no...

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Of course not

by Oz_Media In reply to Can I assume you don't ag ...

That's one of the most pompus and stuck up attitudes I've seen here. I get snotty sometimes and can be quite nasty to what I see as 'idiots' on TR, but how they spell is irrelevant.

Like I've said, one of the most useful people on Tech Republic has terrible spelling, it may be a slower read but if you can't figure it out, you have language problems yourself. It is well worth figuring out what this peer means as it is almost always correct.

Get off your podium and join in constructively, if not, chuckle quietly but judging someone based
on written words is insane.

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The irony...

by mrafrohead In reply to Spelling without the aid ...

Maybe it's because we "couldn't give a rats ***" as to what YOU think???

I perpoosley put the tyypos their JUST to **** you OFF! And look it wooks tooo...

You know, most of the time, I could give a rip as to what anyone thinks about me, so why would I make an exception for you?

Better yet... If I think this way, I'll bet that there are even more people that think that way too.

Another thing, wtf is a "nerk"?

M$ is the reason that we have all of the computer problems that we have due to their inferior design and god awful security (or lack there of). If it wasn't for Open Source to save the day, I'd have to pack up my computing skills and trade them in for a door to door salesman job selling vacuums.

Those with the typos do know how to spell... It's just a matter of fixing what you're doing. But when you're hacking into a Windoze box from your *nix console, and typing these posts at 125+ WPM stopping to fix a "typo" just isn't as important.

Besides, it's not that we're lazy really, we're just too stoned to care... ;p

Mrafrohead

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Interesting range of responses

by DC_GUY In reply to Spelling without the aid ...

We've got apologists for poor spellers but no apologies for poor spelling. The respondent who has gone to the trouble to learn to spell perfectly was so self-effacing that I re-read his post twice wondering where the errors are. (One misspelling, one simple typo, and a few -- well, quite a few -- violations of the style manual.) Strip the original posting of its vitriol and it still makes a good point: This is the e-world. When you meet someone here, they can't pick up on your body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice. Your so-valuable first impression consists entirely of the characters you've typed. Obviously the meaning is paramount but we can't help but also see the typography. If it's bad, our minds automatically fill with questions. Just how diligent were you in school? Did you slack off in your other classes as well? Why don't you care what kind of a first impression you make? Are you a teenager who hasn't yet learned that appearance counts? (If not, why do you spend $250 on a pair of sneakers?) Does it not bother you that every single person who reads your writing will have to struggle to understand it and may eventually start skipping your posts because they're too much trouble? I understand that non-anglophones participate here; they're easy to spot and I don't hold them to the same standard. I hope to be treated with equal courtesy when I have to write in Spanish. But speaking of courtesy, Rat, you indeed committed a worse crime than bad spelling by setting such a vitriolic tone. Settle down, Beavis! The guy who manages to inject the word "abortion" into every thread doesn't get dumped on as bad as you dumped on the many people who will never win a game of Scrabble. Keep in mind that until recently, literacy itself was waning in our countries. TV had replaced the printed word and people can even order their hamburger by pointing to a picture. Newspapers are vanishing and magazines are mostly pictures. Suddenly we find ourselves in a strange new world where we spend most of our day reading and writing! Who'd'a thunk it? Personally I think the graduates of our dumbed-down government schools are doing remarkably well. They write better than they make change for a dollar! Leave it for their progeny, many of whom are learning to read and talk at the same age, to grow up with better spelling skills.

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Well D.R.

by Oz_Media In reply to Interesting range of resp ...

You made som agreeable comments but this one is just ignorant: "When you meet someone here, they can't pick up on your body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice. Your so-valuable first impression consists entirely of the characters you've typed."

To actually judge someone cased on grammar in an INTERNET post is absurd. If this is so, you are making a lot of unqualified decisions about people.

I don't want to take the time to spell check and grammar check my posts. If this was any form of important correspondence I would be more aware. This is just a web forum, relax. It just doesn't matter how we spell, there is nothing proven and no credibility gained from grammar when offering an opinion, or at least there shouldn't be.

If I was to say you're a jerch instead of calling you a jerk (which I'm not)how is the intent of my statement changed? How does this detract about how I feel towards you? If I based my opinions on spelling, I'd hate myself.

There's no WAY in **** that I would send a client letter, quotation, contract or any leagl documents without a detailed grammar and spelling check, IT MATTERS in those cases. In a chat room? Give me a break!

I think people expect too much from people as they are in a "technical site". So what? Who cares?

It's the height of the pedestal people put themselves on that's the problem, not the grammar of the person who is talking to you.

If you were to go to England you would have the snotty people laughing at your useless accent or inability to spell 'colour' correctly, thus deeming you an idiot. Should they be allowed to judge ANYONE this way?

It's all relative, there's always someone with better spelling and grammar than you, they just don't hold it against you (or shouldn't).

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Sorry, it isn't D.R. but DC

by Oz_Media In reply to Well D.R.

different guy, my mistake.

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Forum Software

by TheChas In reply to Spelling without the aid ...

Well, even in high school, I couldn't spell worth a "rat's ***"!

IE Spell Check has been a godsend to me for use in these forums.

That said, if you happen to post enough comments here at TR you will find that your best attempts at proper spelling get sabotaged from time to time.

The TR site software randomly adds and removes spaces from the text of postings.

Then, as OZ pointed out, this is a truly international forum.

The "Queen's English" that is used by many of the peers spells MANY words differently than we do in the US.

Then you have the international users who use translation software. It has been shown that translation software can drastically change what has been written.

My daughter is very well versed in both spelling and grammar. She literally cringes when she reads posts in the forums.

Another factor to keep in mind, is the shorthand of chat rooms and chat programs. As more and more people spend time chatting, the shorthand creeps into their mainstream typing.

Chas

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Another factor to keep in mind...

by Oz_Media In reply to Forum Software

Chas you say " Another factor to keep in mind, is the shorthand of chat rooms and chat programs. As more and more people spend time chatting, the shorthand creeps into their mainstream typing. "

IMHO, UR wrong. LOL! :-)

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On spell checkers

by maxwell edison In reply to Spelling without the aid ...

We have monthly meetings at our office to discuss various computer related issues, have computer related training, and so on. The subject of one such meeting was MS Office, which included a small segment on the spell checker. As a facilitator of these meetings, I have to come up with the appropriate material. To illustrate a common misconception that spell checkers are flawless, I wrote the following little piece to show the before and after results of one such "spell and grammar check". I haven't used this in a while, but thought this might be an appropriate (and fun) place to bring it out again.

>>>>>>>>>> Before the spell check <<<<<<<<<<

The general sediment is that spell checkers will correct all of you?re spelling and grammatical errors. Well, Its not always the case. Incorrect usage of certain words can bee the biggest problem. Moreover, not all spell checkers are equal. What might get corrected in Microsoft Word will all two often bee overlooked using the Outlook Express spell checked. There are times when one will catch something, while the other will knot. Ewe just never know. I no this to be the case, but do you no it to?

To illustrate the point, I rote this paper and maid as many mistakes as I could think of. I then put it through the spell check test. The results was rather interesting. Ewe might wonder wear it might work and where it won?t. If you where you?re thinking cap, you?ll no wear it won?t work. But as a little exercise, I decided to see if its working, or another whey to say it, to see if it?s spell checked is working. This is just two funny, don?t ewe think?

There are times when wee all might make a little mistake, but dew we catch them all? Me thinks not. A mistake cud easily get bye, especially if you go back and change something that was already wrote ? you no, change the tense of the wording or something. Their are always those times when we May do that, and then we just accept the spell checker suggestion without even taking a close look at what we approved. Do ewe no what I mean?

So in some eerie, I might suggest that you be aware of a phew things. No the different between there, their and they?re. Understand the difference between it?s and its. Don?t get two hasty too use the to or more variations of the word Tu. And no that you?re spell checker will knot always catch the mistakes in that letter that your about to send to a client. Two many fowl balls will indeed get noticed. Their ewe have it.

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Do spell checkers always work? Don?t be fooled.
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>>>>>>>>>> After the spell check <<<<<<<<<<

The general sediment is that spell checkers will correct all of you?re spelling and grammatical errors. Well, It?s not always the case. Incorrect usage of certain words cans bee the biggest problem. Moreover, not all spell checkers are equal. What might get corrected in Microsoft Word will all two often bee overlooked using the Outlook Express spell checked. There are times when one will catch something, while the other will knot. Ewe just never know. I no this to be the case, but do you no it to?

To illustrate the point, I rote this paper and maid as many mistakes as I could think of. I then put it through the spell check test. The results were rather interesting. Ewe might wonder wear it might work and where it won?t. If you where you?re thinking cap, you?ll no wear it won?t work. But as a little exercise, I decided to see if its working, or another whey to say it, to see if it?s spell checked is working. This is just two funny, don?t ewe think?

There are times when wee all might make a little mistake, but dew we catch them all? Me think not. A mistake cud easily get bye, especially if you go back and change something that was already wrote ? you no, change the tense of the wording or something. There are always those times when we may do that, and then we just accept the spell checker suggestion without even taking a close look at what we approved. Do ewe no what I mean?

So in some eerie, I might suggest that you be aware of a phew things. No the different between there, their and they?re. Understand the difference between its and its. (Inserted after spell check ? it?s and its.) Don?t get two hasty too use the to or more variations of the word Tu. And no that you?re spell checker will knot always catch the mistakes in that letter that your about to send to a client. Two many fowl balls will indeed get noticed. Their ewe has it.

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Moral of the story: Spell and grammar checkers: don't rely on them.

(By the way, the preceding spell and grammar check "test" was done using Microsoft Word 97.)

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