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02/11/2009 08:00 PM ID: 76938 Permalink   

Do Bad Grammar and Spellin Errorz Make U P.O.'d?


Stress may lead people to harshly critique and correct others that violate rules of grammar or make spelling mistakes. A side-effect of the recent economic crisis, psychologists claim, is a wide-scale increase in grammar retaliation.

An obsession with fixing punctuation may reveal a psychological need in individuals that craved to please adults during childhood, or they are an obsessive perfectionist. No doubt, the rise of 'teh internetz' has contributed to their distress.

Recent signs of this include the 350,000 strong Facebook group 'I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar", people correct billboards on the streets, and in 2008 two 'grammar vigilantes' were charged and fined for correcting signs on Federal land.

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Please uncorrect my headline, and change 'do' to 'does'. Thanks!
  by: theironboard     02/11/2009 08:03 PM     
  spelling mistakes.  
"..teh internetz.."

I wasn't held enough as a child.
  by: mightymojo     02/11/2009 08:16 PM     
omg i iz a gud spelr
  by: splicer   02/11/2009 08:21 PM     
when you have popular websites titled "" you can tell that the english language is being eaten alive, and webster is turning in his grave.
  by: inpherno3   02/11/2009 08:32 PM     
  Seeing this reminds me of a chain letter..  
I normally delete all chain letters I get but I liked this one. It fits (mostly) into the topic.

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too ;

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it

  by: CaveHermit   02/11/2009 09:08 PM     
  nice cave  
I can read that easily. Is that bad?
  by: JayWar   02/11/2009 09:11 PM     
Taht eaiml has awlyas azmaed me. It's scuh a wreid pmhoneneon.
  by: erasedgod   02/11/2009 09:46 PM     
  oh noes!  
I think there's (not theirs) a place for good grammar and there's a place for the lack of it.

For example, in a discussion forum (such as SN or any comments section of an article intended for discussion of that article) I think it would be expected that grammar is more strictly adhered.

However, in internet chat rooms, on sites like and on non-professional instant messaging or social sites (like Facebook) relaxation of the rules can be tolerated.

You just need to be aware that anything publicly available online is also available to your professional associates and you may turn yourself into a ripe jackass by posting illegible rants on various sites.
  by: StringBlade   02/11/2009 09:58 PM     
  or possibly...  
...a "right jackass". Not sure what "ripe" jackass would be but my imagination makes me shudder.
  by: StringBlade   02/11/2009 10:02 PM     
body knows someone like that here at SN?
  by: chakubanga1   02/11/2009 10:30 PM     
I have to correct errors every day on here, but I try my best not to call people out on it, because one thing I've learned is that people who can't master 4th grade grammar and punctuation are probably never going to change. And there are a lot of them like that on here.
  by: caution2     02/11/2009 11:41 PM     
wats teh problim wit bad grammer?

Honestly, there are a couple spelling errors that really tick me off. The biggest one that really gets me going is definately. It is "Definitely."

L2spell noob! -teh epic
  by: teh_epic     02/12/2009 12:17 AM     
  I visit  
a forum from the hometown. Its a very backwoods place, by the way.

Anyway, the mistakes there kill me. "cear" instead of "care"... There was once, several consecutive times, the mention of the "Holy Sprite". And just too many others to fit in one post. They didn't take too kindly of me correcting them. One response I got was something akin to, "THIS AIN"T SCHOOL MAN!"

As if being in school suddenly projects them into a state of literary genius.

Anyway. It was just sad. Generally, mistakes don't bother me. If I know what you meant, I'll just roll with it. But if you're calling someone a moron, and your post are littered with mistakes, you're just asking for it.
  by: Dayron   02/12/2009 12:28 AM     
I see why it would bother you ..

Google Results:
definately = 164,000,000
definitely = 147,000,000

It would appear more people use the incorrect spelling for it globally.


'and your post are littered with...'

Should be 'post is' or perhaps 'posting is' as it's singular.

And naughty Caution starting a sentence with a conjunct - 'and'. Hehehe ...

Whooops - Now I've done it - See, it neva ends ...

  by: WWarrior     02/12/2009 01:59 AM     
Not nearly as much as creative news titles do.
  by: H. W. Hutchins   02/12/2009 02:18 AM     
  tihs ins't nwes  
waht the fcuk ... i get psseid off erevy tmie my gril fneird oepns her mtouh
  by: shiftyfarker   02/12/2009 03:38 AM     
  u peoplez suk  
why care about spelling and grammer... it is so mono-cultural. the point of the written word is to communicate, if the communication is successful then what do thoose little variations matter???
  by: veya_victaous     02/12/2009 05:58 AM     

I will always be a victim of starting follow-up sentences with "...And". I'm also that guy who trails trains of thought with "..." Such as:

"Well... the way I see it..."

But I promise I can separate the styles when it comes to writing a grammatically correct report and just typing the way I speak. On this website, I go for the latter. Trust me, the message board in the my home town in on much horrible scale than this website could ever dream. Take the worst typist here, multiple it by 30, and BAM. You have the Man Topix message board.
  by: Dayron   02/12/2009 01:25 PM     
  Don't bash me warrior!!11!!  
"my home town in"

My home town IS!
  by: Dayron   02/12/2009 01:26 PM     
  don't destroy me warrior!!111!  
"message board in the my"

Messabe board IN MY...

Okay. I give up. Cuff me.
  by: Dayron   02/12/2009 01:27 PM     
Quit while you're not too far behind ... ;-)
  by: WWarrior     02/12/2009 01:29 PM     
  One that really winds me up  
is when people say "probly" instead of "probably", they're missing out an entire syllable! Also, the rampant misuse of apostrophes really irritates me!

My cousins always spell like illiterate idiots when they're on Facebook, I can understand it to a certain extent in SMS messages where you have a character limit, especially if you're not too good at using predictive text, but when you've got a full keyboard at your disposal I think it's actually more difficult to type txt speak than it is to type properly. Saying that, if you're someone who doesn't know their way around a keyboard and stares at it whilst typing with one finger, then I can see why you might do it, but it's really not difficult learning to type at least a semi-competent fashion.
  by: TabbyCool     02/12/2009 02:13 PM     
*in* a semi-competent fashion.

We really need an "Edit" button on here!
  by: TabbyCool     02/12/2009 02:14 PM     
  Come on people!!!  
Lern how two proofreed befoer u hit "comment submission" Amateur humans.

  by: smarta$$     02/12/2009 09:43 PM     
I thnk u ment 'hooman'

  by: deadvenusblue     02/12/2009 10:10 PM     
  ROFLMAO i r a culprit, sorta  
Strange how things happen. Recently on some sites Ive been making sure everything is punctuated correctly but on others I still dont care.

Tonight I corrected my kids homework QUESTION. "Measure the length a door in feet" got changed to "Measure the width of a door in feet". Which actually prompted a 'discussion' between me and teh missus. She said I shouldnt change it and I said "she's six, this sticks for life, its WIDTH with doors unless its the length of the dimension".

OK so the focus, I assume, was on the words measure and length but seriuously teach it the right way from the beginning or teach it correctly from the start, whichever you choose ... just choose one of those two.

Anyways, it doesnt bug me that much unless its someone leetspeakin their way thru an entire convo. I use plenty of abbreviations.
  by: AccessG     02/12/2009 11:30 PM     
I have failed you.

Ah, well. Anyway... bwha =)
  by: Dayron   02/12/2009 11:44 PM     
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