To be a bit paranoid about my spelling and grammar on MN?

(65 Posts)
Hotmad Wed 19-Feb-14 19:31:35

Seen quite a few threads here about poor spelling and grammar that every time I write something now I make sure I spell correctly, don't use text speak and proof read it before posting!
Apart from spelling and grammar what other human errors and behaviours annoy you most?

livelablove Thu 20-Feb-14 16:30:07

Funny how we're not allowed to use textspeak but MN abbreviations for words and phrases like dh and fwiw and imo are ok.

thinking101 Thu 20-Feb-14 16:33:22

Exactly who says we not allowed, it's a public forum....

Some people will bully others for whatever inc spellings and grammar. Frustrated little teachers. Bet they take a register too!

DoctorTwo Thu 20-Feb-14 16:40:04

When consoling a pedant just say there their they're.

amicissimma Thu 20-Feb-14 16:41:49

LRD, no, on the contrary, I agree with your first post and took Sallying's post and your response as tongue-in-cheek.

And thanks for the correction. I thought it looked wrong so I looked it up in the dictionary, but, of course, didn't find it (under per ...), so I Googled and Google gave me perogative. Norty Google (or perhaps I shouldn't just glance at the first answer). Now I know. And I'm grateful. Which is why I can't understand why people get so cross. You don't know who this person is who can't couldn't spell prerogative.

sadbodyblue Thu 20-Feb-14 16:47:35

oh posters who point out mistakes like this just look like stupid frustrated bores.

probably are ignored in RL or laughed at so they do the head girl routine on here.

like the annoying kid at school who points out the other kids mistakes best ignored as you can't give a swirly online.

Oh, phew!

And sallying, if you were tongue in cheek I am sorry, I was inclining more towards sarcastic because I am a deeply unpleasant person. blush

I think people get cross because they feel judged. It's easy enough to take the 'oh, how interesting' approach if you're rarely corrected, or rarely feel under-educated, I think. There's always a high proportion of people who're teachers or linguists or English grads on these threads saying 'meh, don't care, I occasionally get it wrong'. But for them it's pretty easy really.

Much harder if you are someone who's always felt bad about their spelling. Same with anything really - it's like if you're utterly confident in your fashion sense and someone says 'I'd never wear x, it's so ugly', you probably don't care. If you feel badly dressed and ugly, you'll take it personally. Sad, but true.

squoosh Thu 20-Feb-14 16:52:51

Bobby Brown taught me to spell 'prerogative'.

<fist bumps Bobby Brown>

Mintyy Thu 20-Feb-14 16:55:54

I don't think it happens here all that often, tbh, given the enormous numbers of posts (and mistakes!) involved. On the whole I think this is a pretty tolerant site.

And if someone is being a numpty about an individual's spelling/grammar on any given thread, then generally speaking they will be told off for it.

Mintyy Thu 20-Feb-14 16:56:35

grin Doctor!

ZeroSomeGameThingy Thu 20-Feb-14 17:01:20

Google is probably one of the reasons why my spelling has got worse lately. If I have sufficient time I can reach for an Oxford dictionary either on my desk or online. But if I'm in a hurry I just Google - and then can't be certain if I'm looking at the English or American spelling. I've lost almost all sense of whether I should be using "z" or "s" in a word.

And proofreading is hopeless on a phone. You type your brilliant thought, preview, decide a phrase could be bettered; the doorbell rings, you change the phrase, press send and it's only when you read your own post that you realise you didn't change the other parts of the sentence that now either don't flow properly or, worse, make no sense at all.

Truthfully, I don't think any MN-like forum could work if people prioritized professional levels of accuracy over speed of response.

amicissimma Thu 20-Feb-14 17:11:17

LRD, yes, again, I think I agree with you about the feeling judged. The sad thing is that being able to express oneself clearly is so empowering.

I think sometimes, though, there is an attitude that people who haven't had the benefit of a good education should just be left to their mistakes, rather than risk that they might (or might not, who knows?) feel judged.

We're anonymous on here so can't really be judged, but someone might learn something that enables him/her to use English in a way that gets a more positive response from someone s/he is dealing with.

mrsjay Thu 20-Feb-14 17:14:44

don't worry about it I never do I always think that is a person corrects somebodies their or there in a post i always virtually sticky my fingers up they are not worth reading tbh, many wonderful funny interesting threads and posts, with just rubbish grammar and spelling, read those instead smile

mrsjay Thu 20-Feb-14 17:19:33

and if a random stranger on the internet tries to make a point of pointing out spelling mistakes for the Mistakers (not a word) benefit then they are just a twat this is an internet forum nothing more nothing less,

oddsocksmostly Thu 20-Feb-14 17:19:51

Thank you Northlight, for clarifying practise/practice for me! I've never felt confident with those!

Oh, I see what you mean. Yes, that's a horrible attitude and I certainly wouldn't defend that.

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