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[16 Sep 2008|08:33am]

I feel miserable but I actually un-friended a perfectly nice and interesting person purely for the fact that her spelling was atrocious and it hurt my brain to read her entries.
Now she's asking for the reasoning behind her cut, and I hesitate to tell her it's because of her grammar and punctuation. I mean, is that even a real reason??

I read an entry the other day from a mother explaining why her infant was in the hospital -

some excerpts here
..."which shouldnt be there but probly stoped devloping because he was born early...
...but basicly we cannot close that many holes with divices.
...doctors stoped by asked a few..."

And I thought, that poor child will be a victim to his mother's bad spelling!
If your mother can't spell 'probably' right, how are you supposed to learn?
Am I heartless?
But to be honest, I DO judge people based on their spelling.
'Hard' words I can (try to) forgive, but words that you see every day yet still fail to spell correctly? Stopped?!
It frightens me that people like this are having children at all.

I'm going to add this to my profile page -
If you cannot spell Wednesday correctly than I cannot be your friend!!

When did people get so stupid?
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Spell check, anyone? [19 Oct 2006|04:46pm]


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Requested introduction post [09 Oct 2006|05:24pm]

My name is Betty Baker. I am a grammar and spelling maven. My sweetheart likes to call me a grammar nazi. He doesn't like it when I judge a person's personality based on his or her spelling, but it's almost impossible to refrain from doing so (perhaps I'm not enlightened enough). Bad spelling hurts my ears. When I see a word spelled incorrectly, I hear it.

glade !=glad

God help me. I hope I'm not alone in this. I'm looking to you to comfort me in times of bad spelling. I'm hoping that you'll let me commiserate with you when you're assaulted by spelling of the bad kind. Mostly, though, I'm looking for opportunities to point and snicker. Can you help me with that?
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*groan* [30 Sep 2006|07:11pm]

The authors of my pathophysiology textbook actually published the following misspelling: "indefinately." Seriously, how hard is it to press the spellcheck button? Or hire a proofreader? But what really gets me is that words like hematopoiesis, cholelithiasis, and eosinophilia are spelled correctly...
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[21 Sep 2006|10:25pm]

What the heck are "fraternal grandparents"?

I think this is probably less a typo than it is pig ignorance.
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My PET named PEEVES !!! [31 Aug 2006|09:16am]



Can’t you just imagine some of these young people on the internet today becoming police and writing you out a speeding ticket: "U WUR KAWT SPEEEEEEDG!" Read more...Collapse )
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Despiteful [08 Aug 2006|10:22am]

This isn't quite a spelling question, more of one relating to what I believe to be a made-up word.

Someone please confirm for me that 'despiteful' is not a word - I am held strongly in the belief that it is a strange cross that one particular person made from 'spiteful' and 'despite', which has made it into mainstream language enough to be featured on dictionary.com.

I suppose the fact that it's on that site should instill some faith that perhaps I'm wrong, but I just can't see it being real. Or perhaps it's just an American English word, not British English (that being what I speak myself), since it was found on dictionary.com and the Merriam-Webster online site also, but not in my own Oxford English Dictionary. Some help to settle my mind on such an irritating argument with several friends would be fantastic if anyone cares or follows this community still.

I just couldn't bring myself to say, "He's so despiteful." It doesn't sound correct to me!

Thank you (firstly for reading all this jibberish, and then to anyone who takes the time to reply to me).
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[21 Jun 2006|12:21am]

[ mood | aggravated ]

"Abu Graib. Abu Garib. Abu Garhib. Abu Graihb."


Abu Ghraib. Twelve point five million people got it right; so can you!

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[20 Apr 2006|06:32am]

In a fan community for a popular TV show, someone commented:

nigel seemed to be Brooks biggest supporter. Did she have a crush on him? or VisVirsa?

How do you come up with that?? It's not even phonetic.
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[16 Apr 2006|01:04pm]

[ mood | giggly ]

Rob and I meant to go to the local Episcopal church this morning for Easter, but I thought the service was at 10:30 when it actually started at 10. So, we drove around for 15 minutes looking for a service that started at 10:30. We ended up going to Living Water. The service was alright, but the bulletin had some... amusing spelling errors.

This one took the cake, icing and all:

... where he lives and reigns with you and the Holly Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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O2 mobile [31 Mar 2006|10:49am]

O2 is a major British mobile telecommunications company. I have just received a text (SMS) message as follows:

O2: Good news. You can make calls abroad from you're mobile and it's not as expensive as you think. Visit O2.co.uk To Stop txts send 'Stop txt' to 81145
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Grr. Not so much spelling but.... [19 Mar 2006|11:02pm]

Ok, one spelling one ... context I guess?

My son just started at a new school, so I being good mom, write the teachers and email introducing myself and this is an excerpt from one reply. This was from his social studies teacher:

(son's name) received a 60 % on his last test. The problem is that he has three 0's for not turning in his notes, homework, and worksheets. I asked him for them on the day they were do, and he said he left them at home.

Then this in a commercial I've seen a thousand times but just never noticed the misuse of the words...

(A woman is shown riding one of those power scooters across an intersection) Voiceover: "Just a short time ago, this woman was limited by her mobility."


Shouldn't it be that she was limited by her lack of mobility?

Yeah yeah, there are those of us who think too much, I know!!
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Stolen from the _scientists_ community: [19 Feb 2006|11:49am]

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Greetings [07 Feb 2006|10:19pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hello there, I just thought I'd come and introduce myself (though sadly I'm not bringing an assortment of examples in which the English language has been butchered beyond recognition). Anyway, I'm Rosie, seventeen, and live in the north of England. I don't have that much to say about myself except that I'm currently taking an A Level in English language (and that my manic use of parentheses is almost alarming at times).

One thing I do have to say is that, in regards to 'net speak' (you know, the whole 'howz u? i iz gr8' thing...) you can remedy it somewhat just by setting an example. It's true to a certain extent; I refuse to lower the level of my spelling to fit in, so now other people seem to feel the need to type correctly. I can (but shan't) name about five people who've I reckon I've influenced by this in some way. (Either that or everyone has gained a subtle sense of humour and is making fun of me over this, although I hope that isn't the case!)

Just thought I'd share that with you, since without it, my introduction sort of seems a bit thin.


(oh, and those avatar things a while back - the 'I'm going to have to beat you in the name of grammar' ones, or something like that, are great! Mind if I borrow for personal use, i.e. for use on my LJ icon?)

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[22 Jan 2006|06:39pm]

[ mood | crappy ]

The other day my friend wouldn't tell me something I asked about (in that typical immature teenage "I'm not telling you!!" way) and then said she was off to dinner, declaring as she went -

"I am going to leave you on tender hooks"

I died a little inside.

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Seen in real life [10 Jan 2006|07:41pm]

The Works is a store that sells remaindered items - ends of lines, close outs, that sort of thing. When they're gone, they're gone.
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Here's my introduction. [08 Jan 2006|11:20pm]

I guess I'll introduce myself now, even though I SHOULD be going to bed.

My name is Sarah, though my internet pseudonym is Raina. (I really prefer Raina.) I'm 17 and a senior in high school. I'm a typing elitist.

I've told my friends point blank that, no, I will not add them to my IM address because I absolutely will not tolerate 'u' for 'you' and other such shortenings. It's lazy and makes one's English teacher look like an ass.

That said, yes, I am prone to making mistakes. (Imagine 'shits' instead of 'sighs'. I still laugh at that one.) Wait, not prone... Rather, CAPABLE. I still make an honest effort to type like I'm writing a paper at all times, with one or two nuances disregarded...

Which makes writing an actual paper much easier. I don't have to train myself to type two different ways. Which is always a good thing, don't you think?

I'm a geek, in short. Yay! :D
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No I will not! [06 Jan 2006|09:58am]

[ mood | giggly ]

This is from my local Freecycle group:

"i have a lot of movies to offer bare with me."

Lady, I don't even know you. I am NOT taking my clothes off with you!

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The search for intelligent life. [01 Jan 2006|10:19am]

[ mood | despondent ]

I've been looking for new friends in the Livejournal world.  One of the great features of Livejournal is the "Random" feature, where you can read random journals selected by the servers.  Does anyone else find it literally painful to use the random feature?  It's quite rare that I can tolerate more than a sentence or two of horrible grammar and/or spelling.  And it's sad to me that in the hundreds of thousands of Livejournals out there - there are a minimum of people who can write a coherent sentence.


That being said - friending anyone?

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[16 Dec 2005|10:28pm]

Hi. I forgot to make an introductory post when I first joined, so I'll do that now, along with my rant.

I'm 28, and have a Bachelor's in English and History (double-major). Somehow I got roped into the service industry, where I am a gate agent for an airline.

Now this is my complaint: People who know less than you about the grammatical structure of the English language (we will include spelling, obviously), but still second-guess you.

What I mean is that I guess they are so used to seeing/spelling a word the wrong way that they think the right way is wrong. (The never-ending transposition of the "their" "they're" and "there" for example.) When they see it spelled the right way, they think it's wrong. This has happened to me.

Once, shockingly enough, one of my English professors tried to second-guess me. I had spelled résumé, and she said, "Isn't there only one acute e?"

Why no, there is not. There are two, Dr. English Expert. Somehow, though, it has become acceptable to reduce to one, or even to eliminate altogether. I can understand the total elimination, as you don't always have the use of acute e at your disposal, but just one? It puzzles me. In any event, two are perfectly acceptable.

Okay, my silly rant is over. For now. :)
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