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Dean's petty irritation of the day ....




Think I'm a Grammar Nazi. So possibly all of this is my bad. I see some one writing sloppy English and it just does something to me. I feel almost insulted by it.

It has nothing to do with English as a second language. As any one with English as a second language who shows he/she is trying to make an effort, has my admiration and respect. So regardless of whether the person is a native English speaker, or has English as a second language, it irritates the daylights out of me when I see sloppy English that totally ignores basic writing rules. For example:

1. No capitalization and punctuation of sentences. I.e. sentence starts in a lower case. "I" in the middle of a sentence is written "i". Names of people and places are written in lower case. This usually is accompanied with no paragraph breaks, in a hit and miss style.

2. Use of abbreviations and slang words. Some slang words are OK, but the abbreviations really get to me.

3. The person does not use a spell checker. I'm not talking about the odd typo here and there, I'm talking about a huge number of spelling errors per square inch of writing. That really gets to me.

4. The person did not check before he/she hit the "Submit" button as there are glaring errors in the post. Again, I'm not talking about the odd slip here and there. Just error after glaring error hitting me in the eye.

5. Duplicate threads. Again, not the odd one that has been honestly posted in error or has been written in a creative, original and entertaining style. But the glaring sloppy seasonal ones like Xmas, New Year, etc. The worst ones are Xmas in October and New Year posts in February.

6. Copy paste articles. No quotes and no listing of sources.

Bondings put up some excellent writing rules in the beginning of time - Enhanced posting/spelling rules, and I think they are still good to this day. Wish it could be a featured post. On the other hand, maybe I'm just being a Grammar Nazi here. Maybe Dean needs to lighten up a little bit.

In the meanwhile, thank goodness for the number of quality posts that are still being posted. When I see those, it just completely becomes worth it, inspires and motivates me. Makes me very happy.









14 blog comments below

Poor grammar is pretty dang annoying. But, there's very little we can do to curb or control it. While I've made posts about specific examples of written and spoken tendencies people often demonstrate, I recognize that it's largely pissing in the wind, so to speak. It falls under the latter half of the saying "change that which you can change, accept that which you cannot", or however it's phrased.

Smile
Ankhanu on Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:15 pm
My grammar has improved since coming onto the internet,after leaving school I never really picked up a pen for anything other than doodling,so I kind of forgot all the rules,even now I still make the odd mistake,like your for you're occasionally.
truespeed on Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:23 pm
Oh and the server clock is messed up again.
truespeed on Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:23 pm
Good grief, Dean, get up on the wrong side of the bed this day? "Just kidding"
I agree with you one hundred percent. Poor writing drives me insane. One forum that I visit, you would think the post are from pre-school children when if fact they are from 50+ adults. One long rambling with zero punctuation, no capitalization, mis-spelling and poor grammar. I just move on and try to forget it.
standready on Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:51 pm
It's quite strange. This is one blog post I can say that completely relieved me of my irritation. Maybe I've been cured?

No way! I do feel better though. Twisted Evil
deanhills on Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:12 am
There is no cure, only minor respites Wink
Ankhanu on Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:40 pm
Ankhanu wrote:
There is no cure, only minor respites Wink
True, very true. Very Happy
deanhills on Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:34 pm
I agree with you as I'm really disappointed when I read emails and docs, in my native language (Italian), full of grammar aberrations Smile
I'm trying to improve my "English language skills" reading forums/articles/manuals surfing on web, and one of the best thing to do is always try to search everything I need querying in English language.
It's hard for me to write in English, but my first goal is to make people understand what I'm writing and after that.. maybe one day I'll be able to write it good Smile
Sabbadon on Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:26 pm
The funny thing is that today I wrote a post about the same issue in my personal blog (the Portuguese one Very Happy). Oh, I'm a Grammar Nazi too. My idiom is beautiful, so full of details and careful placed accents, I simply don't know WHY people insist on vandalizing it. They tend to blame it on "oh I came from a small town and everybody speaks like that there yadda yadda" and I'm like sir, please. I came from a small town myself and I don't talk like a babbling parrot.

You have internet access so all you need to do is use Google or even your browser to spell-check everything before you submit your post. There's no excuse, Chrome has a pretty good orthographic corrector (available in Portuguese too!) so your posts don't look like they've been written by banging your head on your keyboard!
Vanilla on Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:15 am
Thanks for making this quality comment - I'm not alone! I agree with all of the points you made, particularly the one about Google and spell checking. Cool
deanhills on Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:30 am
Spell checkers don't always get it right though,my spell checker insists that "arse" either isn't spelt correctly or isn't a word.
truespeed on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:24 am
Laughing @truespeed. Think I'll submit that one to Google for fixing .... sounds like a really good one to fix. I guess ass is probably OK .... it didn't come up with a wavy line.
deanhills on Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:26 am
@truespeed
You cannot add the world? Opera and Chrome spell-checkers allow you to do that. In my last post I just added "yadda" to my spell-checker since that red line bellow the word drives me mad. Very Happy
Vanilla on Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:56 am
@vanilla I didn't know I could do that.

Just noticed another word it won't recognize,"movie" arse I can half understand as it is a UK colloquial word,but movie?
truespeed on Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:11 pm



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