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 Sometimes I have to stop myself

Sometimes I have to stop myself from replying to posts with only a spelling or grammatical correction. (For the record, I wanted to post that as the subject of the post, but it wouldn't fit. My apologies if, as a result, the subject line is misinterpreted as "baiting".)

Really, sometimes I even hit the reply button and then have to hit the back button to stop myself. I know most people don't care about spelling and grammar on an internet forum, but it makes me want to scratch my eyes out.


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 5 Apr 2012 12:35 PM
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freckle-lee
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hehehe
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 5 Apr 2012 12:39 PM
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I'm sorry you have this problem. Many other people feel the same way. It doesn't bother me personally. Partially because I know my grammar, punctuation and spelling aren't perfect myself, and because I don't think people mean any harm by it. I don't want to waste my energy getting aggravated over something like that.

Have you read "Eats, Shoots & Leaves?" Fun read. smile
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 5 Apr 2012 12:40 PM
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Oh god, I definitely agree! Poor grammar makes my head explode.

I have the "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" desk calendar at work and the quotes in it are so vigilant about grammar. I sometimes save the quotes that are particularly snarky about poor grammar.
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 5 Apr 2012 12:42 PM
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I sometimes want to reply too... if anything, so that person knows they're making the same mistake over and over and over and over...

Isle instead of aisle!? *bangs head against wall*
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 5 Apr 2012 12:42 PM
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well I wouldn't say I get all riled up by it. I am sure I make errors myself. however, when I see it I do want to correct it. I always want to tell people when they've made a mistake in the title of the post.

like "I want to loose 30 lbs". That drives me crazy.

Although, my punctuation is often terrible because I am typing one-handed while feeding baby.
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 5 Apr 2012 12:45 PM
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Okay, the above example was painful to read tongueold

When I'm reading a single post with a ton of errors in it I wonder about the poster and I *might* judge. However, I believe many of us here make a quick post here and there throughout the day when we have a couple minutes to spare. Because of that I don't come down on the little mistakes here and there. It's really hard to make a post, preview before submitting, re-read after submitting just to double check for errors and then go through the edit process when you do find another spelling or grammar mistake in all of two minutes.

I consider myself lenient in most cases smile

ETA: and by above example I mean OP's comic, not you Freckles.
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 5 Apr 2012 12:46 PM
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RedVelvet
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I'm sorry your perfect.


geek
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 5 Apr 2012 12:47 PM
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See, this is where coping strategies come into play. Like the Alot from Hyperbole and a Half, and the Caring Continuum I posted a week or two ago. Or, wait, maybe the latter is just what I wish people would see...

Either way, visual coping strategies help with me.
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 5 Apr 2012 12:47 PM
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One thing I took from "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" is how so many so-called punctuation/grammar snobs disagree on certain rules. It must be pretty embarrassing for those who make fun of other people's poor grammar and punctuation, when they find out a bunch of people believe they're doing it all wrong too! The funniest posts are the grammar vents that spell "grammar" wrong, or have their own little mistakes in them. Just goes to show that even people who have a good grasp of it all, make mistakes when they're typing quickly.
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 5 Apr 2012 12:50 PM
 14 Mar 2009
T&C
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I have the Oatmeal poster 10 words you need to stop misspelling on my door at work.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

Some people actually come by to use the helpful hints - especially for affect/effect.
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 5 Apr 2012 12:57 PM
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I care about this alot!
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 5 Apr 2012 1:10 PM
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Sorry, I've got a bigger issue with hashtags making their way into sentences vs. bad grammar/spelling.

I prefer "I haz chezburgr" over #thiskindofthing. That was brutal to type, my fingers literally did not want to skip the space, I had to backspace the spaces out of it to create that! At least I can "hooked on phonics" the crap out of the chezburgr. No spaces makes me want to hit someone with my space bar.

My grammar sucks.
I probably don't have proper sentence structure.
And I have a issues spelling seperate and definite most days.

Should I expect the posse about 3pm? I'll put cookies out.
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 5 Apr 2012 1:11 PM
 14 Mar 2009
T&C
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Grumble grumble.

That was a typo.

tongueold
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 5 Apr 2012 1:11 PM
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freckle-lee
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what's a hashtag?
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 5 Apr 2012 1:18 PM
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freckle-lee
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yes, that is what I said.
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 5 Apr 2012 2:44 PM
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For me it's spelling & grammar mistakes in thread titles. ::shiver::
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 5 Apr 2012 2:50 PM
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I think I've gotten used to it on here. The first few times, I usually assume that it was a typo but if I notice the same poster incorrectly spelling a word wrong multiple times that's when I assume that she really doesn't know how to spell it.

One example that sticks out is a poster who always writes the word "bought" as "baught."
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 5 Apr 2012 2:51 PM
 5 Jul 2006
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You guys are making me very paranoid...
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 5 Apr 2012 3:07 PM
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The "loose weight" one drives me nuts. Try reading the boards at My Fitness Pal once in awhile and you'll see it constantly!

The other thing that's annoying is when people use apostrophes every single time they use a plural, like "There are lot's of choices," "My parent's are coming over this weekend," "We looked at two house's for sale." eek
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 5 Apr 2012 3:07 PM
 24 Jan 2005
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The periods & commas should be outside the quotation marks unless they're forming part of the quote.
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 5 Apr 2012 3:10 PM
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I love these threads. LOVE, LOVE THEM.

Nothing better than a good ole collective rant/vent about bad grammar and spelling, complete with pictures. teeth

My personal pet peeve is txt spk. I get that we all use phones. But I still can't use it. And I hate reading it.

lack of capitals and nospacesintext are a close second.
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 5 Apr 2012 3:37 PM
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I just finished a course with an instructor that was militant (literally, he is ex-military) about proper grammar and using APA format. I think it was ingrained in his brain since he recently finished his doctorate in Education. Anyway, according to a post he made on the discussion forum, commas and periods go inside of the quotations.

Whether he's right or wrong, I'm not sure. I always put them inside of quotations. I did a quick Google search and apparently, the American way is inside of quotation marks. The British way follows logic as a PP pointed out.
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 5 Apr 2012 3:49 PM
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I am also trying to break into the world of the Oxford comma, but have yet to become consistent with it. I feel dirty when I use it.
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 5 Apr 2012 3:54 PM
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There is no ONE rule about punctuation and quotes. What The Canadian Style has to say about it:

Quote:
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
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 5 Apr 2012 4:01 PM
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As for plurals, there is a time to use "'s" according to The Canadian Style :
Quote:
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 5 Apr 2012 4:02 PM
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tojules
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8.03(b) - that's how I roll! I need a smilie that looks all street for this post.
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 5 Apr 2012 4:13 PM
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I value proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar. I had a former poster on ignore because reading her posts made my head spin.

On a side note, I truly wish that this one woman I work with would kindly stop using the phrase, "I seen" as it makes me want to throw things at her.

Ah grammar vents, the best kind! thumbsup
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 5 Apr 2012 5:33 PM
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I have an excuse. I often type one-handed. Too hard to reach the shift the shift key with one hand.

I still don't know what a hashtag is.
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 5 Apr 2012 5:47 PM
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Ok, I have to apologize. I wrote something today and put 'too' when I meant 'to'. I caught it, but it was FB and I couldn't edit it.

I often write from my phone (which constantly auto-corrects or leads to double keystrokes) or my MacBook, which has a broken keyboard (seriously, I type so much on this thing I actually broke it. The v key is completely detached).

I get super upset at work over typos in emails. One day, recently, I was making fun of someone for this (I'm an awful coworker!). The next email I sent -BAM- I realized after I hit send that I had missed a letter and had typed 'you' instead of 'your'. Karma.

Please feel free to correct me anytime though!!
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 5 Apr 2012 7:09 PM
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Yes. I have two hands. However, I am often breast feeding the baby when I chat online. One of my hands is cradling his head.

I googled "hashtag". However, I don't understand #whysomeonewouldtype like this.
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 5 Apr 2012 7:23 PM
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freckle-lee - I dare say google failed you. I think it is explained in the second link down in the search results that RV gave you. smile

First_wife - That is a freakin' awesome comic! I <3 you today. teeth
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 5 Apr 2012 7:27 PM
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I was this.close to responding to a post in New Moms but hit the back button after writing it out. The thread title was distracting.
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 5 Apr 2012 8:12 PM
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Apples
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A grammar thing that really bugs be is "should of, would of, could of", as in "I should of been more careful when typing that message".
Wrong!!!

It's: "should've", "would've", and "could've".

OR: "should have", "would have", and "could have".
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 5 Apr 2012 8:23 PM
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freckle-lee
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fine, Im just lazy. smile
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 5 Apr 2012 11:04 PM
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LOL Cherryblossom! I just finished reading the rest of the thread. I don't want to feud over it either.

The "would of" etc. drives me insane as well. I point this one out to my students all the time and they still make this mistake. It's "would have" dang nabbit! It's a verb!!!!!
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 5 Apr 2012 11:05 PM
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And Probably Drunk - You need to bathe your dirty feeling in the glory of the Oxford comma!
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 6 Apr 2012 12:17 AM
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Someone on Twitter used "illusive" instead of "elusive". I also had to stop myself!
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 6 Apr 2012 12:19 AM
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Punctuation inside quotes is WRONG?! Noooo! I'm such a stickler for that! I was also taught this way all through high school and Uni.
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 6 Apr 2012 12:25 AM
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PS: For those who argue for punctuation outside of quotation marks, here's an official answer from the government of Canada:

http://www.btb.gc.ca/btb.php?lang=eng&cont=1422

Sooooo... I think inside wins, but it sounds like sometimes outside is OK too. wink
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 6 Apr 2012 7:48 AM
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Don't you guys read the replies? I referenced the rules for this in The Canadian Style above. Punctuation inside the quotes is perfectly fine! Outside is preferred when exact meaning could be lost.
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 6 Apr 2012 8:06 PM
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To be honest, I kinda skimmed over your Canadian Style info in your post Mary Ann! I'm a lazy reader sometimes. grin
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
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