Grammar Nazi

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    Oct 22, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    Is anyone else here a Grammar Nazi? The type of person who insists on typing AND texting in complete sentences no matter how little you have to say? The person who always capitalizes letters at the beginning of a sentence? The type of person who can't stand people who talk in 'text' language? The person who snickers when an adult can't put together a proper sentence in a work e-mail?

    Call me a bitch, spinster, or whatever else you like but I am a beginning Grammar Nazi!

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    Oct 22, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    As I continue to encounter more and more non-English-speaking people in hospitals, Dr offices, customer services, banks, utilities, etc. etc. etc...I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a language Nazi.

    Learn the fucking language or leave the fucking country.
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:28 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidAs I continue to encounter more and more non-English-speaking people in hospitals, Dr offices, customer services, banks, utilities, etc. etc. etc...I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a language Nazi.

    Learn the fucking language or leave the fucking country.


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    Oct 22, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    I try to type with proper grammar but I was raised with different grammatical rules and what not. So I often tend to misplace or forget to put in my commas and quoting someone is just ridiculous in the American English language.
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    vetteset said
    paulflexes saidAs I continue to encounter more and more non-English-speaking people in hospitals, Dr offices, customer services, banks, utilities, etc. etc. etc...I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a language Nazi.

    Learn the fucking language or leave the fucking country.


    wat r u takin bout yu tarheled gator humpin moroon? fukikn peeple icon_cool.gif


    That's real cute! You think you're Mr. Funny don't you?icon_wink.gif

    This post was aimed at American English-speakers primarily. I think that Canadian English speakers speak better English at times believe it or not; just like the Brits.
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    cmhoh1985 saidIs anyone else here a Grammar Nazi? The type of person who insists on typing AND texting in complete sentences no matter how little you have to say? The person who always capitalizes letters at the beginning of a sentence? The type of person who can't stand people who talk in 'text' language? The person who snickers when an adult can't put together a proper sentence in a work e-mail?

    Call me a bitch, spinster, or whatever else you like but I am a beginning Grammar Nazi!

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/grammar-nazi


    When I type something out I do try to make it sound good and get the spelling and grammar as correct as possible. I get annoyed (with myself) if I spelt something wrong or didn't make enough sense but that is just because I am very critical of myself. But I never speak correctly in texts because I abbreviate a lot to save texting money lol!

    I don't however like to correct other people because I don't feel I am in a position to correct them nor should it matter! Sometimes I find it cute when people spell things wrong, I kinda go 'awww' especially if it's a cute guy icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    vetteset said
    paulflexes saidAs I continue to encounter more and more non-English-speaking people in hospitals, Dr offices, customer services, banks, utilities, etc. etc. etc...I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a language Nazi.

    Learn the fucking language or leave the fucking country.


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    Meh, just pissed cause I had to walk out of the Dr's office today cause I couldn't get my point across to the barely-English-speaking receptionists; and they wouldn't let me see the Dr. (walk-in clinic) to explain my situation to him.

    ...and that's just today. It's been happening more and more often. Broward county used to be the English-speaking capitol of South Florida, but not anymore. Now people immigrate here and think it's "Spanish-friendly" so they don't bother learning English. It fucking sucks.
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:38 PM GMT
    I really don't necessarily text in full sentences but I don't like the use 'u' when 'you' is how simple to type. Other things like acronyms are okay if they're easily understood. But when I'm typing on the computer I'm a grammar Nazi seeing how I want to major in some sort of English degree.

    It's not the worst thing to be, trust me.

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    Oct 22, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    cmhoh1985 said
    vetteset said
    paulflexes saidAs I continue to encounter more and more non-English-speaking people in hospitals, Dr offices, customer services, banks, utilities, etc. etc. etc...I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a language Nazi.

    Learn the fucking language or leave the fucking country.


    wat r u takin bout yu tarheled gator humpin moroon? fukikn peeple icon_cool.gif


    That's real cute! You think you're Mr. Funny don't you?icon_wink.gif

    This post was aimed at American English-speakers primarily. I think that Canadian English speakers speak better English at times believe it or not; just like the Brits.


    LOL sorry for being such a prick but I'm pretty that's an incorrect way to use the semicolon hahaha! That's ONLY because my tutor said the other day that I don't use them correctly - I almost never correct people but since this is a grammar thread :S

    Actually I thought that Americans speak and write better than British people on the whole. But then again America is so much bigger than England so it's an unfair comparison. You would be surprised at how many Brits don't spell correctly
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    Gbob said
    cmhoh1985 said
    vetteset said
    paulflexes saidAs I continue to encounter more and more non-English-speaking people in hospitals, Dr offices, customer services, banks, utilities, etc. etc. etc...I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a language Nazi.

    Learn the fucking language or leave the fucking country.


    wat r u takin bout yu tarheled gator humpin moroon? fukikn peeple icon_cool.gif


    That's real cute! You think you're Mr. Funny don't you?icon_wink.gif

    This post was aimed at American English-speakers primarily. I think that Canadian English speakers speak better English at times believe it or not; just like the Brits.


    LOL sorry for being such a prick but I'm pretty that's an incorrect way to use the semi colon hahaha! That's ONLY because my tutor said the other day that I don't use them correctly - I almost never correct people but since this is a grammar thread :S

    Actually I thought that Americans speak and write better than British people on the whole. But then again America is so much bigger than England so it's an unfair comparison. You would be surprised at how many Brits don't spell correctly


    No worries! I DO fail at times and as such I'll put my foot in my mouth and slowly back away!
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    RScott18 saidI really don't necessarily text in full sentences but I don't like the use 'u' when 'you' is how simple to type.
    Aside from your obvious and numerous grammatical and syntax errors...
    I still use an old phone with multi-tap texting, because the predictive text on it sucks ass.
    Good luck with your career in English. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
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    Actually I thought that Americans speak and write better than British people on the whole. But then again America is so much bigger than England so it's an unfair comparison. You would be surprised at how many Brits don't spell correctly[/quote]

    A lot of these 'misspellings' are only considered incorrect in America. You would be surprised how many Americans cannot punctuate or spell correctly. Also, you forget the English was around before American English ;)
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    cmhoh1985 said
    No worries! I DO fail at times and as such I'll put my foot in my mouth and slowly back away!


    No it's fine, honestly! I don't think anyone really cares too much, I didn't, or wouldn't have if this wasn't a grammar thread. I make grammar mistakes with semicolons ALL the time. My essay had red circles at every semicolon used wrongly lol.
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:53 PM GMT
    mnboy said[quote]
    Actually I thought that Americans speak and write better than British people on the whole. But then again America is so much bigger than England so it's an unfair comparison. You would be surprised at how many Brits don't spell correctly


    A lot of these 'misspellings' are only considered incorrect in America. You would be surprised how many Americans cannot punctuate or spell correctly. Also, you forget the English was around before American English ;) [/quote]

    I spell things the American way and my teachers would always used to have a go at me (sorry British expression, means 'shout at' me). I would spell things like 'color', 'recognize' 'labor' etc just because it makes more sense to spell it that way. My friends also hated that too.
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
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    cmhoh1985 said
    No worries! I DO fail at times and as such I'll put my foot in my mouth and slowly back away!


    No it's fine, honestly! I don't think anyone really cares too much, I didn't, or wouldn't have if this wasn't a grammar thread. I make grammar mistakes with semicolons ALL the time. My essay had red circles at every semicolon used wrongly lol.
    Just to simplify the comma vs semicolon debate:
    A comma is a phonetic symbol that indicates a pause in speech.
    A semicolon is used to separate two different thoughts that are cohesive, instead of using a period to make two sentences.
    That's how I learned it, anyway. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    paulflexes said...and that's just today. It's been happening more and more often. Broward county used to be the English-speaking capitol of South Florida, but not anymore. Now people immigrate here and think it's "Spanish-friendly" so they don't bother learning English. It fucking sucks.


    Sounds like you should learn the language or leave the fucking state.
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    Im from Ireland I know what 'go at me' means, lol. Until this year, I was spelling things with an -our, -ise, and -re 'til I got a 0 on a paper for it... icon_evil.gif
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    Oct 22, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said
    paulflexes said...and that's just today. It's been happening more and more often. Broward county used to be the English-speaking capitol of South Florida, but not anymore. Now people immigrate here and think it's "Spanish-friendly" so they don't bother learning English. It fucking sucks.


    Sounds like you should learn the language or leave the fucking state.
    I love it when people use that argument. That's the same as saying "hey if they want the country, let them have it and go somewhere else."

    Uh...just...no. I was born and raised in this country. They moved here to work. The least they could do is learn how to communicate with those who were already here.

    If I moved to a different country, taking classes to learn the national language would be one of the first things I'd do...out of respect.
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    Oct 22, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    I like to use correct spelling and proper grammar, but I would never pick someone up for typos or trivial mistakes in, for example, a forum posting. It is just rude and petty.
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    Oct 22, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    I'm a bit of a grammar Nazi, too. I'm pretty forgiving with typos but things like "your" and "you're" are pretty serious business. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 22, 2010 5:28 PM GMT
    paulflexes said It's been happening more and more often. Broward county used to be the English-speaking capitol of South Florida, but not anymore. Now people immigrate here and think it's "Spanish-friendly" so they don't bother learning English. It fucking sucks.


    can you imagine? fucking guys came on some ship called the Mayflower and they don't even speak Seminole, i say learn the language or get the fuck out!!

    On another note, when i was growing up in Canadian schools, a heavy emphasis was placed not only on grammar and sentence structure but also on handwriting skills. When i moved to the States in 9th grade, i saw a very watered down version of that....I agree somewhat but i also think that in the present system, there is a lot less emphasis on these skills, hence the poor report writing skills in corporate industries...Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Oct 22, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI love it when people use that argument. That's the same as saying "hey if they want the country, let them have it and go somewhere else."


    The area you live in is changing all around you. You have moved to a foreign country where everyone does not speak your language without having to move. It doesn't matter if you and other anglophones were there first. The fact is that many people speak Spanish where you live. Complaining about it isn't going to change that fact. You can either be a part of it or you can withdraw into grumpiness.
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    Oct 22, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
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    I make a distinction for the context of the writing. Writing on a thread is "throw away" crap. Just try to keep it intelligible.

    I find the creative ways younger guys have found to speed up writing via a keyboard interesting. Altho the total lack of caps and periods can be a bit too much because it really burdens the reader to figure out what is being said.

    Before becoming a Grammar Nazi read this book or someone may just clean your clock for you.

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    Oct 22, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    I am a Grammar Nazi, especially in French.

    I can't stand a 15 words Facebook status or group containing 20 errors. It gets me out of my fucking mind.

    Here in Quebec, the impoverishment of the French language (written and spoken) is an important phenomenon. Even university student can't produce texts with less than 25 syntaxical or grammatical mistakes. And the phenomenon takes roots in the deep issues of our educational system.

    Some recent French language reforms kinda accommodate those new "errors". We can easily forget some accents now, we can write "ph" with an "f" without being considered wrong. So the society is not correcting the people over the language, it's correcting the language over the people. I think it's unacceptable.