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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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How many fingers?

by jardinier In reply to Indeed...

Hi GOD. Well William Blake's poem did suggest that God incarnate in Jesus may have visited England. Now if Jesus was fully man and fully God, his corporeal part may have felt like releasing some sexual tension, so that you might, in fact, be a direct descendant of God.

When I worked on the Sydney Morning Herald in the early sixties, some of the most senior and capable journalists were two finger typists, and could they make qwerty fly.

But a more unusual case was a former computer student of mine, aged 78, who had never used a typewriter in his life. But within a short time, he was pounding out text at an impressive speed with just one finger, and he rarely made a typo or spelling error.

Well I wouldn't meet the requirements set by Fairfax Newspapers for beginner journalists today. They recently advertised online for new recruits, who were required to demonstrate their sincerity towards training as a journalist by being competent touch-typists when they applied for the job.

I daresay there are disabled people who have learned to type with their feet. [It is not recommended that you use this method with elephants. However, I daresay a clever elephant could be trained to type, using an appropriately sized piece of dowling.]

Now Colin won't mind my revealing his excuse for poor spelling. He said that he had used voice recognition software for so many years that he had literally forgotten how to spell.

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Loved the elephant Jules

by Oz_Media In reply to How many fingers?

Hey man, the elephant anaolgy is fantastic. You would need to wad up a big hunk of bog roll on the end of the dowel. Could MS build an elephant stable OS though?

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Good manners and good judgement

by maxwell edison In reply to Well, I appear to have ca ...

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A reply to your points:

?h You "caused a bit of a stir" because you wanted to, no more, no less.

?h Never ruin an apology with an excuse." -Norman Vincent Peale
True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. -Mignon McLaughlin

?h Your location is not the indicator of your character, your message is.

?h Nerk: I??ll trump your 70s reference by pointing out that ??The Nerk Twins?? was the name of a 1959-1960 band that preceded, and included two future members of The Beatles. The group included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Johnny Gentle, and a number of different drummers. (Why didn??t I realize this at first? Dang, I should have known.) But my alien explanation is still the best.

?h Is it really ??SO OBVIOUS?? what the poster??s intent really is (or was)? Not many of us are so clairvoyant as to know what someone who may be halfway around the world is really thinking, doing, etc. Maybe his ??intent?? was haste, maybe it wasn??t. Maybe he was tired. Maybe he was just careless. Maybe he just didn??t care. Maybe it was something else.

?h If you really ??take the point that this is an informal discussion forum??, there would be no ??but?? anything. (See apology above.)

?h You said, ??This isn't a full-blown apology??. No kidding? Yours isn??t an apology at all, not a full-blown, half-blown, or any other kind of blown. (See apology above.) On second thought, you really did **** it - the apology, that is.

?h Your suggestion that we have some ??strength of feeling regarding spelling?? is quite mistaken. What we really have a ??strength of feeling?? towards is hypocrisy or ill-mannered replies, both of which were shamelessly displayed in your message. To error (spelling error or otherwise) is human; to overlook them (in cases like this) is good manners.

?h Who took ??offence?? to your alias? No one, I would think. But who saw the irony and contradiction? Everyone, I would think.

?h ??Prejudice?? has nothing to do with anything that was said. Where did that come from? If you have a mental image of something based on a name, don??t drag us into it. You??re the only one who said anything even remotely related to such a thing. And since all written words are preceded by a thought, you??ve made it clear to all that you harbor such ??prejudice?? thoughts - either your own ??prejudice?? or your attempts at a playing a shallow ??race card?? tactic, either of which are deplorable.

Bottom line: You simply displayed an extreme lack of good judgement and good manners. Admit it; make no excuses for it; learn from it; and move on.

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Dang - Let's try that again

by maxwell edison In reply to Good manners and good jud ...

What the heck happened to that previous "cut and paste" job? I hope this is a little clearer?
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A reply to your points:

You "caused a bit of a stir" because you wanted to, no more, no less.

Never ruin an apology with an excuse." -Norman Vincent Peale

True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. -Mignon McLaughlin

Your location is not the indicator of your character, your message is.

Nerk: I?ll trump your 70s reference by pointing out that "The Nerk Twins" was the name of a 1959-1960 band that preceded, and included two future members of The Beatles. The group included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Johnny Gentle, and a number of different drummers. (Why didn?t I realize this at first? Dang, I should have known.) But my alien explanation is still the best.

Is it really "SO OBVIOUS" what the poster?s intent really is (was)? Not many of us are so clairvoyant as to know what someone who may be halfway around the world is really thinking, doing, etc. Maybe his "intent" was haste, maybe it wasn?t. Maybe he was tired. Maybe he was just careless. Maybe he just didn?t care. Maybe it was something else.

If you really "take the point that this is an informal discussion forum", there would be no "but" anything. (See apology above.)

You said, "This isn't a full-blown apology". No kidding? Yours isn?t an apology at all, not a full-blown, half-blown, or any other kind of blown. (See apology above.)

Your suggestion that we have some "strength of feeling regarding spelling" is quite mistaken. What we really have a "strength of feeling" towards is hypocrisy or ill-mannered replies, both of which were shamelessly displayed in your message. To error (spelling error or otherwise) is human; to overlook them is good manners.

Who took "offence" to your alias? No one, I would think. But who saw the irony and contradiction? Everyone, I would think.

"Prejudice" has nothing to do with anything that was said. Where did that come from? If you have a mental image of something based on a name, don?t drag us into it. You?re the only one who said anything even remotely related to such a thing. And since all written words are preceded by a thought, you?ve made it clear to all that you harbor such "prejudice" thoughts, either your own "prejudice" or your attempts at a shallow "race card" tactic, either of which are deplorable.

Bottom line: You simply displayed an extreme lack of good judgement and good manners. Admit it; make no excuses for it; learn from it; and move on.

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by SoldierJedi In reply to Dang - Let's try that aga ...

A reply to your reply:

You "caused a bit of a stir" because you wanted to, no more, no less.

> Yes, you're absolutely correct.

Never ruin an apology with an excuse." -Norman Vincent Peale

True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. -Mignon McLaughlin

> I'll remember that.

Your location is not the indicator of your character, your message is.

> Glad we cleared that up.

Nerk: I?ll trump your 70s reference by pointing out that "The Nerk Twins" was the name of a 1959-1960 band that preceded, and included two future members of The Beatles. The group included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Johnny Gentle, and a number of different drummers. (Why didn?t I realize this at first? Dang, I should have known.) But my alien explanation is still the best.

> I think so too.

Is it really "SO OBVIOUS" what the poster?s intent really is (was)? Not many of us are so clairvoyant as to know what someone who may be halfway around the world is really thinking, doing, etc. Maybe his "intent" was haste, maybe it wasn?t. Maybe he was tired. Maybe he was just careless. Maybe he just didn?t care. Maybe it was something else.

> Who's talking about intent?

"against those posts where it is SO OBVIOUS that the poster was typing in such a hurry that they made genuine mistakes, and NEGLECT to do anything about it."

If you really "take the point that this is an informal discussion forum", there would be no "but" anything. (See apology above.)

> OK.

You said, "This isn't a full-blown apology". No kidding? Yours isn?t an apology at all, not a full-blown, half-blown, or any other kind of blown. (See apology above.)

> OK, I'll retract that. It wasn't an apology.

Your suggestion that we have some "strength of feeling regarding spelling" is quite mistaken. What we really have a "strength of feeling" towards is hypocrisy or ill-mannered replies, both of which were shamelessly displayed in your message. To error (spelling error or otherwise) is human; to overlook them is good manners.

> Oh, I see.

Who took "offence" to your alias? No one, I would think. But who saw the irony and contradiction? Everyone, I would think.

> Pretty much everyone who wanted to point out the incongruity between the subject of my post and the alias I wrote it under, perhaps?

"Prejudice" has nothing to do with anything that was said.

> I disagree.

Where did that come from? If you have a mental image of something based on a name, don?t drag us into it. You?re the only one who said anything even remotely related to such a thing. And since all written words are preceded by a thought, you?ve made it clear to all that you harbor such "prejudice" thoughts, either your own "prejudice" or your attempts at a shallow "race card" tactic, either of which are deplorable.

> OK.

Bottom line: You simply displayed an extreme lack of good judgement and good manners. Admit it; make no excuses for it; learn from it; and move on.

> OK.

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Erring

by Cactus Pete In reply to Good manners and good jud ...

To err is human.

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I hate that word

by maxwell edison In reply to Erring
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I noticed

by Cactus Pete In reply to I hate that word

But the repetition should fix it for you.

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Which one?

by jellybeenz In reply to I hate that word

Err? Or perhaps, human? The sound of it or the spelling?

How about this. Two air iz yoomin. ;-)

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But Maxwell

by GuruOfDos In reply to I hate that word

To 'err' is human...

To really screw things up takes a computer!

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