You're/Your, There/They're/Their

  • danisnotstr8

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    Jun 09, 2009 3:37 AM GMT
    Hi guys.

    I think it's really annoying that so many people can't get this straight. A little "click" happens in my mind when I'm looking at a profile or a blog entry (on any gay dating site) and someone has used the wrong form of "their" or "you're."

    For instance, the following sentence appears in a gay.com profile in Cleveland, OH: "I dont like ppl from the burbs, their stupid."

    Umm, NO. Your (sp.?) stupid. Asshole.

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    Jun 09, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    There is actually a law on the books about this...

    Caslon's Forum Fail Law #2

    Whereas thread postings are quick, extemporaneous remarks, and

    Whereas it is a common misspelling phenomenon to mistype certain words in haste, such as: there/they're/their and your/you're for mental reasons yet unexplained,

    It is an automatic FAIL to cite such a misspelling as if it reflects on the spelling ability, intelligence, or education of the author of such typos.



    FAIL
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jun 09, 2009 3:48 AM GMT
    I disagree.

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    Jun 09, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    funny pictures


    funny pictures
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    Jun 09, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    I dont know where to put this....but this thread is sufficiently worthless....so I will put it here.

    ... ok, my estimation of elephants just dropped thru the zoo floor ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 09, 2009 5:22 AM GMT
    In profiles, where you are setting your best foot forward and you have plenty of time to edit, I think a misspelling or typo is bad, not horrible, but bad. In a profile, you should take the time to proof read what you have written as it is the calling card for you. It reflects upon you.

    In a post, I appreciate good spelling and correct grammar, but posts are like speech. They happen quickly and on the fly. I know that I am answering up to five responses at a time and it is hard to proof read every response of mine and catch every spelling or grammatical error. I do not hold others to a higher level than I hold myself. If I get the point of the response, then that is good enough. I would never correct friends in a face to face conversation if they made a grammatical error. I hope they would never correct me. Wrong verb with noun? No, I would not correct that in real time speech so I would not correct that in a post.

    Emily Post says, "It is bad manners to point out someone else's bad manners". Not exactly the same, but similar enough for me.

    JW
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    Jun 10, 2009 12:22 AM GMT
    A marquee for a mattress store said

    "Check out are mattresses"


    I would be embarrassed if the whole town saw that shit. Then again, they own/run a store and I dont so who is really better? I can spell like a motherfucker but Im still the biggest loser I know.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 10, 2009 12:30 AM GMT
    typos happen

    chill
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    Jun 10, 2009 12:38 AM GMT
    Caslon, hun. Get a grip.

    It is sad when people don´t know the difference between these homophones, but it means they were failed by their education, not that they are stupid. If I see it in chat, who cares? If I see it in a forum post, I care a *tiny* bit more, but not enough to do anything (unless the person involved has previously been an ass and humiliated other people over their written English. Some things the spell check can´t spot.) If it´s in a profile I MIGHT send the person an email so that they can correct it, if they wish.

    Such is the nature of the interweb... a lot of hastily written text.