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Am I the only one who gets really anoyed when people don't spell things corectly? I just don't understand how it's even posseble to misspell haf the words, don't people get an education these days?!

And yes, those mistakes were on purpose. SEE HOW IRRITATING IT IS?

Just because it's the internet doesn't mean you should be sloppy about how you spell; personally, I tend to base my opinion of a person I meet online on how they spell. C@spk is just lazy, i dont like it wen u spk like dis.

Sorry, but I saw a LOT of it today and needed somewhere to rant. What do you guys think?

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14 replies since 5th May 2010 • Last reply 5th May 2010

Yes, I hate spelling mistakes too, and even worse the apostrophe abuse! I also refuse to send text messages in that "txt msg" language!

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Well, I try my best to type all my words in correct English but it's a few years ago since I had English in school. I come from the Netherlands.

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I'm dyslexic and some times I just don't know what all the fuss is about ;o)
So forgive me if I use the wrong spelling form of know/no,there/their or they're.If I'm tired it gets even more interesting :0)
I have been known to edit posts but some just slip me buy or is that by ?
Having said this my hubby was chatting to his niece today would was typing phonetically correctly with her spoken dialect check out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrIqSlt9PXg
It was precious !

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I absolutely hate that!! and I usually, when I text, write out complete words hahaa

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No, doesn't bug me. I annoy myself if I spell something wrong. I just think some people might have dyslexia or something like Debs said, or English isn't their first language. Nothing to be ashamed about and probably doesn't make them feel better seeing posts like this (I'd assume). However, text language does annoy the hell out of me!! I'll accept it in texts, even though I don't do it, but on the internet.... NO. Lol.

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I try not to let things like that bother me, especially the old grocer's apostrophe question. Life's too short and besides if you read a lot of old literature you'll see that language is a constantly evolving thing. Look at Chaucer, Shakespeare and Austen for example, all wrote in English and yet all spell and word things differently. One day we cud all b ritin dis way. Lol.
If you can understand what's being said then there shouldn't be a problem really.

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Yeah,Im with Laurel on this.If I understand what the person wants to say,its not bothering me.
And we are all from different parts of the world on here,many of us speak different languages so I think we should all accept and understand each other.
I don't use English,only when Im here talking to you guys.And its been a while since I learned it in school.
I always try to give my best,and I use online dictionary's often.Happy
I love the fact that there are so many of us from different parts of the world becoming friends.

So the main thing I want to say is that we need to accept each other.Don't look at the mistakes a person is making-pay attention on what shes saying.

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Just to make things clear, it's spelling mistakes in so called "official"" publications that annoy me...our local newspaper is always full of mistakes and I've had official letters from the district council etc. with spelling mistakes in them too which shouldn't happen with spellcheckers available.
My son is dyslexic, so I quite understand the problems that leads to, and I certainly wouldn't expect anyone whose first language isn't English to spell everything correctly.

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I'm fine with bad spelling but have picked up a really bad habit (or good depending on where you stand) from my philosophy lecturer at uni - I can't bare it when people use phases like 'very unique' - it's either unique or its not, you can't be more unique. You hear it on tv programs quite a bit. Bill Bryson has some good rants about it in some of his books Happy

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I think she is talking about the shorting of words to complete jibberish, like

c u L8 (it took me a long time to get what L8 was, later.)

I am sure there are more, but I just don't know them

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I understand the irritation, but I don't take it too hard when someone spells badly. I've always been able to spell really well, and grammar came really easily to me, as well. But I am/was terrible at math, really really terrible. After being picked on and made to feel stupid by my (math genius) ex-husband, I understand what it feels like to be singled out for something you can't do. But, I'm pretty sure the originator of this thread is referring to people who SHOULD be able to spell correctly. English as a first language, fairly educated(at least graduated high school), mature people, who chose not to pay attention in class. I know a bunch of people like that, and their facebook updates bug the crap out of me. BUT like several people said, here, we have people who speak and type in many different languages, so English spelling errors are going to happen. No biggie. You kind of have to step out of yourself and laugh, instead of getting annoyed. I try to see the irony in everything in life. Otherwise, you'll spend way too much of your time being angry or annoyed, and not enough time smiling.

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Oh no! I'm not trying to pick at dyslexic people or those who speak English as a second language... I've lived all over the world so I'm used to people who don't speak English fluently misspelling some words (I'm sure my French is awful). It just irritates me when people misspell the easiest words when, really, they should know how to spell them.

And I wasn't talking about this forum anyway ;) People on my facebook, haha.

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Oh, man...does it ever.

I don't mind honest mistakes. If you misspell something that is a reasonably hard to spell word, then I'm not going to get frustrated. I hate the whole misuse of words like: there, there; buy, bye, by; your, you're. Also, do not spell words with numbers and ridiculous abbreviations! I can't read that crap!

If you have the ability to do something right (even if it takes holding off your comment for a few minutes to look up a word you're unsure of) then by all means, do it right. If you don't care about learning how to do something correctly then don't expect to be taken seriously. This applies to all things in life.

I was taught that everything you do is an extension of yourself. Your work ethics at a job, to the tiniest details like putting a stamp on a letter, help people to get a better understanding of who you are. So do everything to the best of your ability and you'll earn honor and respect. ;)

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Oh my god I'm talking to my mother! That is what I get for having an English teacher for a mother. It's not spelling that bugs me it's when people can't pronounce words correctly. Someone in my class can't pronounce nutrients. That's so sad...

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