grammar and spelling!!!

  • NYCguy74

    Posts: 311

    Feb 27, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    Ok, just a rant thread. Not really anything to do with "all things gay" but I didn't know where else to put it.

    #1 Their, There, They're
    Yes, they all sound the same, but they have different meanings.
    Their - Belongs to them
    There - location as in "over there"
    They're - short for "They are"


    #2 no "t" in Biceps. (it's not Bicepts)
    I've seen this one a few times.
    Full name biceps brachii.

    #3- putting "not sure how it's spelled" after a word
    Go to Google. type in the word, as long as you're close it will say "Did you mean ...?" takes 5 seconds.
    Also for this one I recommend the Google tool bar, it adds on to most browsers, and will spell check any text you type in a web page. along with a bunch of other features.


    I understand that for some of the forum users English is not their first language, but for most of us it is.


    Thanks for listening.



  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    Lol, yes.. improper spelling is very common on this site.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! What about the you, your, you're!!!

    I have seen so many nicely printed materials or publications where "your" and "you're" are used interchangeably. Most of the places I see "you" misused are just where they missed the "r" and the spell check didn't find it. Drives me crazy!!! icon_mad.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 7:39 PM GMT
    along the same lines as the there, their, they're thing.

    thEn and thAn are different people. thEn is different THAN thAn. first elementary THEN high school.


    also through google, instead of just searching the word, you can also type in

    define: _________

    hey look at that. a dictionary too!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
    Is it maths or math?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    can i axe why this bothers you?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:03 PM GMT
    To add my two cents' worth...I hate over-judicious use of exclamation points!!!! Don't scream at me!!!!!! Not in every sentence of your poorly-spelled post!!!!! It makes you sound hysterical, irrational, and possibly unbalanced!!!!!!!!!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    Subjunctive is old fashion even among journalists but I learned in grade school that one should say:
    I wish I were…..
    Or
    If I were….

    Instead of:

    I wish I was….
    Or
    If I was….
    icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    Can you axe why it bothers us? lol.. I'm assuming you meant that as a joke icon_razz.gif
    I don't know why it bothers me, it just makes me want to tell them to go back to damn school!

    And yea, there are many different words with different meanings that have similar spelling.. just download the toolbar like they said, and voila.. your problem is solved. I often have to recheck myself... as my dyslexia gets in the way sometimes! icon_razz.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    nicensmoothla saidcan i axe why this bothers you?


    HAHAHA omg...funny story:

    I went to a goodwill store with a friend just to rummage through the old stuff. We found this really cool looking wall decoration that my friend wanted to buy. We finally spotted an employee after walking around for 15 minutes, so we went up to her to ask her the price of the decor.

    My friend: "Umm..excuse me, miss?"

    Lady: "Mmhmm?"

    My friend: "I was just wondering... the price tag says $40, but it's missing a part. Is this the correct price, or did they forget to discount it?"

    Lady: "Umm... I'm not sure, I can take it to the back and axe someone"

    My friend: "I'm sorry, what was that?"

    Lady: "I'll go AXE SOMEONE"

    My friend: "AXE someone? What's that?" *I have to note that he was totally serious about this comment, he really did not know what the hell she was talking about, hahaha.*

    Me: "JAVI! She is gonna go ASK someone! Are you DEAF?" *Trying not to make the lady feel bad*

    My friend: "Ohhh! Ok, yeah sure" *Trying REALLY hard not to laugh at this point*

    The lady walked away and we cracked UP! Why do they do that?!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:15 PM GMT
    txguy1605 said[quote][cite]nicensmoothla said[/cite]can i axe why this bothers you?


    HAHAHA omg...funny story:

    I went to a goodwill store with a friend just to rummage through the old stuff. We found this really cool looking wall decoration that my friend wanted to buy. We finally spotted an employee after walking around for 15 minutes, so we went up to her to ask her the price of the decor.

    My friend: "Umm..excuse me, miss?"

    Lady: "Mmhmm?"

    My friend: "I was just wondering... the price tag says $40, but it's missing a part. Is this the correct price, or did they forget to discount it?"

    Lady: "Umm... I'm not sure, I can take it to the back and axe someone"

    My friend: "I'm sorry, what was that?"

    Lady: "I'll go AXE SOMEONE"

    My friend: "AXE someone? What's that?" *I have to note that he was totally serious about this comment, he really did not know what the hell she was talking about, hahaha.*

    Me: "JAVI! She is gonna go ASK someone! Are you DEAF?" *Trying not to make the lady feel bad*

    My friend: "Ohhh! Ok, yeah sure" *Trying REALLY hard not to laugh at this point*

    The lady walked away and we cracked UP! Why do they do that?![/quote]



    Lol, good one Tx
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:23 PM GMT
    you might could axe them.... they might tell you.
    (i used to work for a company based just outside atlanta - might could was my favorite colloquiolism)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    Lol, well being from the south, I often speak in the "slang". I might could've went with ya'll. I'm fixin' to go to the store. And I use ain't constantly.. poor grammar, but oh well! That's what you get down yonder.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    lilmaninsc saidLol, well being from the south, I often speak in the "slang". I might could've went with ya'll. I'm fixin' to go to the store. And I use ain't constantly.. poor grammar, but oh well! That's what you get down yonder.


    YOU can say whatever you like to me and i ain't gonna complain!
  • Squarejaw

    Posts: 1035

    Feb 27, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    People using "I" when they should use "me," as in "He was talking to my brother and I" or "...between you and I."
  • Squarejaw

    Posts: 1035

    Feb 27, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    Also, it's "espresso," not "expresso."
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    Can we talk about adverbs for a moment? They are my big issue! It bothers me when people misuse them!
  • Squarejaw

    Posts: 1035

    Feb 27, 2008 8:39 PM GMT
    And there's no word "orientate."
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    Squarejaw saidAnd there's no word "orientate."


    OOOH! yeah, that one drives me crazy, too!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    Help me out danielryan, I think I misuse adverbs. icon_sad.gif Do you have any examples?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 8:51 PM GMT
    people using speach marks when they should be using quote marks
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    Supposably (not a word)

    'Concensus of opinion'

    who and whom

    further and farther

    escape not excape (usually spoken but sometimes written)

    hoi palloi (frequently misused to refer to the upper class when it actually refers to the lower class.) For a relatively outdated term, I'm surprised how often I hear this.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    bgcat57 said
    hoi palloi (frequently misused to refer to the upper class when it actually refers to the lower class.) For a relatively outdated term, I'm surprised how often I hear this.


    Yes, that irritates me too. I think it's from the sound of the word "hoi" being so close to "high". Like people who think "Upper Montclair" is somehow more upper-class than "Montclair" (New Jersey town for those of you who live elsewhere)....all it refers to is being "upper" or north of Montclair itself.

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned "to" and "too". I see that all the time on here and it always makes me grit my teeth. At times I thought of sending an email too the person who gets this wrong a lot, but then I thought I'd come off as to snarky.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 27, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Squarejaw saidAnd there's no word "orientate."


    It's in the official Cambridge press and Oxford dictionaries but it is out of favour. or should that be favor, in the US.

  • imperator

    Posts: 626

    Feb 27, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    Yea to all of the "how the hell did you make it past 5th grade with grammar like that" points made so far. I also have to wonder about people who put an apostraphe in any word that ends with an 's.' An apostraphe means there are letters omitted-- usually as part of a conjunction (he is can drop the 'i' and become he's)-- but it doesn't belong in every plural version of a word. And I don't think it's just some academic matter, language and its use (or misuse) has social meaning and value. For centuries illiteracy was a tool of the powerful to keep the general population uneducated and therefore easier to manipulate. And now here we are at a time in history where we're accumulating knowledge faster than ever, but Joe Average can barely write a proper sentence anymore. To me that's a terrible sign; I mean what else are people doing that's *so* important that they can't be bothered to get a handle on their own first language? Words are symbols for ideas and language represents thought. So it stands to reason that disorderly or poorly constructed language lends itself to poorly constructed thinking.

    Beyond that, though, on a more basic level, how many people out there are signing contracts that they can't even fully understand because their reading and writing skills suck? Civilisations can stand or fall based on their ability to pass on knowledge from one generation to the next; so what will happen to ours if we get to a point where no one can read the instruction manual for how to keep the power plants or the water purification plants or the oil refineries up and running?