Attacks on spelling

  • GoodPup

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    Nov 29, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    I have been enjoying recently how in some of the forums here where people argue and have healthy, non-angry debates... there is always someone that gets frustrated with a topic and feels by attacking someone's spelling its a good win for their arguement. haha!

    Has anyone else noticed these totally unecessary comments?
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    Nov 29, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    jprichva saidDamn right, bro! Let's all be as illiterate as we wanna be!

    That's why we love Sarah!


    pikken on peeple cuz dey don know spellin is meen. yalls jus sum meen humusechals who tink dey is bettr'n evrywon - but da laffs on yoo.....puffin on dem dirtee dix all day long icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 29, 2009 8:02 AM GMT
    jawrhed said
    jprichva saidDamn right, bro! Let's all be as illiterate as we wanna be!

    That's why we love Sarah!


    pikken on peeple cuz dey don know spellin is meen. yalls jus sum meen humusechals who tink dey is bettr'n evrywon - but da laffs on yoo.....puffin on dem dirtee dix all day long icon_razz.gif


    Oh fuck. He´s channeling masculine31
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    Nov 29, 2009 8:03 AM GMT
    He forgot to attach the machine gun kitty though.
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    Nov 29, 2009 8:22 AM GMT
    JaseinOC saidI have been enjoying recently how in some of the forums here where people argue and have healthy, non-angry debates... there is always someone that gets frustrated with a topic and feels by attacking someone's spelling its a good win for their arguement. haha!

    Has anyone else noticed these totally unecessary comments?



    ***Argument

    ***Unnecessary

    Spelling is like George Bush,
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    Nov 29, 2009 9:28 AM GMT
    Sometimes it can be annoying.

  • pandx970

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    Nov 29, 2009 1:02 PM GMT
    more or less...it's a derivative of an ad hominem attack, no?
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    Nov 29, 2009 1:11 PM GMT
    I'm just surprised anyone misspells anything anymore, if spellcheckers are turned on. My Safari browser immediately highlights a misspelling, and a right click gives me correct spelling choices, which instantly replace the faulty word. It doesn't grammar check, however, and won't catch homonym errors (for instance: they're, their, there).
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    Nov 29, 2009 1:47 PM GMT
    你能拼一下这个词吗?
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    Nov 29, 2009 1:49 PM GMT
    I thought this was going to be a thread about Tori Spelling's oversized jaw.
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    Nov 29, 2009 1:52 PM GMT
    No excuse for misspelled words or poor grammar. It completely takes away the validity of your point, if it can't be articulated correctly. There is no point that needs to be made, that has to be done so quickly as to be full of grammatical errors or misspellings.
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    Nov 29, 2009 1:55 PM GMT
    Poor spelling sucks, but it's no reason to dismiss someone's opinion. It's like saying if you're not a musician, you can't criticize music. It's ridiculous. Pointing out someone's poor spelling in the midst of a debate or argument is like picking up the towel in preparation for throwing it in (yes, I know, you're not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition).
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    Nov 29, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    I've noticed this and find it petty.

    It isn't always somebody who is arguing a point either, I have seen third parties dive in on minor spelling errors.

    Reguardless, these people feel some need to show their superiority.
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    Nov 29, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    DODGY1974 saidI've noticed this and find it petty.

    It isn't always somebody who is arguing a point either, I have seen third parties dive in on minor spelling errors.

    Reguardless, these people feel some need to show their superiority.


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    Nov 29, 2009 2:04 PM GMT
    McGay said
    DODGY1974 saidI've noticed this and find it petty.

    It isn't always somebody who is arguing a point either, I have seen third parties dive in on minor spelling errors.

    Reguardless, these people feel some need to show their superiority.


    Regardless! icon_twisted.gif


    Thanks for proving my point, I knew somebody would just have to take the bait


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    Nov 29, 2009 2:33 PM GMT
    I comment on spelling errors in some situations, ignore them in others. My general rule deals with functionality and clarity. If spelling some place or thing, I may note the correct spelling for the benefit of all the readers. If it's a their-there or you're-your error I overlook it, especially since I sometimes make those mistakes myself. My purpose isn't to put someone down, but to set the record straight in matters of fact.
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    Nov 29, 2009 3:14 PM GMT
    McGay saidPoor spelling sucks, but it's no reason to dismiss someone's opinion. It's like saying if you're not a musician, you can't criticize music. It's ridiculous. Pointing out someone's poor spelling in the midst of a debate or argument is like picking up the towel in preparation for throwing it in (yes, I know, you're not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition).


    When someone resorts (is this spelled right? Now I can't spell my name. The pressure.)

    When someone resorts to criticizing spelling, they have run out of reasonable thoughts to add to the discussion. This is the computer age.
    It encourages spelling areas (sorry, errors), slang and symbol language.

    If I can understand their point, then I don't worry about spelling.

    There could be a terrific man out there whose only fault might be spelling.

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    Nov 29, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    The point is this: if you're going to make some all-encompassing statement then you should at least try to make sure it's well written. Poor spelling and grammar seriously detracts from whatever point you were trying to make; they say "this person isn't literate, what he's writing isn't worth reading".
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    Nov 29, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
    It looks very strange to see a post where the poster is pounding his chest about his degrees etc etc etc or meticulous high paid work etc etc etc in an effort to prove his superiority over everyone else....and can't can't spell worth beans. Or know how to use spellcheck. icon_rolleyes.gif

    "Im a doktr of litterchure end no moor aboot lyf then yew, u stoobid liddl fukc."

    The 'stupid little fuck' is going to point out the spelling all right...icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 29, 2009 3:33 PM GMT
    All I know is that if I see "lose" spelled as "loose" one more time I might go mental. That has to be the most misspelled word on the internet.
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    Nov 29, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    jprichva saidThe point is: it takes precisely as much energy to type a word incorrectly as correctly. It also takes precisely the same amount of energy to learn the correct spelling as to learn the incorrect spelling.

    So why is the idea that people should spell and write correctly so blithely dismissed? I only rarely yield to the impulse to correct someone, and usually then because the mistake was either funny or really egregious (such as a university applicant who recently asked for 'incite' into the process---I was left wondering if he was really ready for university at all).

    When I taught Army ROTC in college from 1983 to 1986, I dinged my Cadets for spelling & grammatical errors, for 2 reasons. One, because their future subordinates would ridicule them behind their backs, if, as Army Lieutenants, they couldn't spell & write correctly. Second, their careers would be harmed if their superiors saw this crap, representative of a poor education.

    I still think those points hold today, even in the civilian world. Write & speak like a red-neck, and you will be judged as a red-neck. Write & speak well, and you will be better regarded, and have a better future ahead of you.
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    Nov 29, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidThe point is this: if you're going to make some all-encompassing statement then you should at least try to make sure it's well written. Poor spelling and grammar seriously detracts from whatever point you were trying to make; they say "this person isn't literate, what he's writing isn't worth reading".
    I agree. Actually it seems to be a problem found all over the Internet. Where/wear, hear/here, etc.
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    Nov 29, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    It doesn't bother me.

    In the heat of the battle you may misspell.

    I find it funny how many people can't seem to get your and you're right though. I just raise and eye brow and move on.
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    Nov 29, 2009 3:45 PM GMT
    Anyone read "Eats, shoots, and leaves?" An interesting book about spelling and punctuation etc.
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    Nov 29, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    Progressive educators tell us that spelling "rules" are simply a hierarchical construct of oppressive cultural imperialism, and intentionally exclude the narratives of the disenfranchised.
    In the happy post-modernist post-Foucault era we won't need them.