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  • Oct. 22nd, 2006 at 1:26 AM
Jim
Does anybody else get their panties in a knot when they read something posted on the internet and nearly all of the punctuation is absent or wrong?

Apostrophes! Use them, dammit!

And "you?" Three letters, not one. Same with "are."

I hate to be difficult, but c'mon.

Seriously.

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shannonsays wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
duh.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
I know, I know... it's just... gah! Basic spelling and grammar isn't that hard! I don't care if people know about dangling participles or any of that, but please! Spelling! Punctuation!

Again I say gah!

Thank you. I'm done now.
pattyla16 wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
I don't feel so alone now.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Good Lord, no. There are a few of us out here who still proofread and make sure our dots and crosses are on the right letters.

Let's all run away somewhere together and start a new society, where spelling is encouraged and rewarded, and maybe--just maybe--we can elect a president who can speak properly in public.

Ah, dreams!
giggleloop wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
halo thar how r u? o rly? :P
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Don't make me come down there and kick your ass.

I'm just sayin'.

;)
giggleloop wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
O rly? :P

It's ok, I hate that crap too. Srsly. :P
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Seriously: a beating. That's what you'll get.
giggleloop wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
OK, ok, I'll stop. :D
ladycelt wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Since I'm a writer and editor by profession, yeah it annoys me. :)
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
You'd think somehow that my making a living from working in television means that I would love it if people were more stupid and lazy than they already are, since that would tend to equate to more viewers, more advertising revenue, and then perhaps I wouldn't be skating on the edge of being downsized all the time, but no. I'd give my pinky finger to get back to earning some cash from editing!

That's a hint, in case anybody out there has any freelance stuff they want to toss my way ;)
ladycelt wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
I guess I should qualify that... since we just moved to a new city, I'm unemployed except for a couple of web-based publishing companies that throw work my way every now and then. Before we moved, I had built up enough contacts to say employed pretty steadily. Now I'm starting from scratch. Again. Not that I'm bitter about that, mind you. :/

Still, it's hard for me to relax and enjoy reading a book or even the newspaper - my mental red pen is always poised. LOL
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
You don't sound the slightest bit bitter at all.

Nope.

Not at all.

;)
meryddian wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
One time in my sophomore English class, our professor had us turn in our papers without names on them, just numbers she randomly assigned, and then she passed the papers back out to the class - for us to edit each other's papers. It was a weird assignment, and I remember actually feeling embarassed in the way that I dove into the paper before me with my red pen in hand, feeling almost like a shark at a feeding frenzy.

The sheer volume of errors I found blew my mind. I knew it wasn't my fault - reading this paper, I could hardly believe this person had passed high school English. To liken their writing unto Ebonics would've been a compliment by comparison.

So, I'm not entirely surprised that the combination of indifferent Edukashun as of late combined with the whole entertainment/media/hyper-speed communication has resulted in the whole "wher r u, im @ the mall" thing. It does sadden me, though.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 23rd, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
It just makes me wince every time I see it. You know, sort of the same way I do whenever the President gives a speech. I get sort of that "how in the world does this person function in the world?" kind of feeling.

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