To of started this thread?

(153 Posts)
atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 10:52:35

It must be very anoying when posters keep littering there threads with stupid grammer and spelling. So I taught it would be a good idea to start a thread for the grammar police full with errors So if your a member of this group and you're time is being wasted, trawling through treads for mistakes this could mean you don't loose so much time. It will also mean you might not be effected by this stuff on other threads as you will get it out of your system here.
So anyway, weather or not your a member of the dreaded grammer police its open to you to come on this thread and spot the mistakes, misspellings, stray apostrophes, incorret use of full stops and commas etc.

Every single mistake you spot is DELIBERATE. None of them are here unintentionally grin

RuthlessWarHorse Mon 04-Mar-13 10:53:44

Ha ha hahahaaa. Love it.

NickNacks Mon 04-Mar-13 10:53:51

I think it should be 'waisted'.


FairyJen Mon 04-Mar-13 10:54:06

Arf [grun] wink

DeafLeopard Mon 04-Mar-13 10:56:20

Aaargh my eyes

peeriebear Mon 04-Mar-13 11:03:01

Ooh, I feel all itchy!

sneezingwakesthebaby Mon 04-Mar-13 11:03:57

Argh that must of took you forever to right. It made my head hurt just reading it! When I saw the tread title I thought your jokeing not another one who carnt use have and THEN I thought it were a real rant and then I clicked that your just messing! Must have took you forever when you done that!

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 04-Mar-13 11:05:34

grin grin

HerbyVore Mon 04-Mar-13 11:08:56

I am discusted.

What a rediculous post.

R U aveing a laff? I thot u wuz bein seriuz lol.

Sumwun pars the marshmellows.

Flossyfloof Mon 04-Mar-13 11:10:59

Just a quick peak for me. Appauling.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Trills Mon 04-Mar-13 11:12:51

Did you know there is a Pendant's Corner?

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 11:14:05

Thanks Trills. I would never of known that if you hadnt done that link.

GreenLeafTea Mon 04-Mar-13 11:21:38

Paragraphs OP! Stop using paragraphs!

BumpingFuglies Mon 04-Mar-13 11:21:46

YABVVU the grammar police need MULTIPLE threads to froth over. How entitled of you.

twofingerstoGideon Mon 04-Mar-13 11:55:38

It's "none of them IS here unintentionally..."
(As any fule no...)

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 11:58:50

Everyone are being very picky i has to say.

Wants4 Mon 04-Mar-13 12:01:02

Their there they're atthewelles

MrsMushroom Mon 04-Mar-13 12:02:38

Yabu. I suggest you go and make some mash potato and think about your reasons more deeply.

You need to take your que from others who know more about life in general.

MrsMushroom Mon 04-Mar-13 12:03:49

I'm at the end of my teather. I wish people wouldn't waist there time so much.

Sallyingforth Mon 04-Mar-13 12:14:17

OP that would have been a better post if you had told us exactly how many deliberate errors you made.
Then we could have fun finding your unintentional error(s).

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Mon 04-Mar-13 12:24:52 think I only clicked on this thread too see how many people commented on the misuse of "of" in the title. <humpf>

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 12:28:48

Sallyingforth I knew their would be clever mean people like you who would of thought like that, so I desided again'st it.

ThistleDown Mon 04-Mar-13 12:33:06

I suggest you hide this thread in a draw and never menshun it again.

blackeyedsusan Mon 04-Mar-13 12:34:55

me too fsr.... grin

my mistkes arer usully down to a sticky keybored wot ds sat on, when it falled off of the desk. nd walked on and an his car's ova and sat on some moor.

UntamedShrew Mon 04-Mar-13 12:37:04

Your a genius this was definately a good idea. I don't now why I didn't thinked of it before.

Greensleeves Mon 04-Mar-13 12:41:33

well ladies i hope you enjoy your little thread makeing fun of poeple who cant spell its not that importent most people can make there point without having to b rude but like i say enjoy your thread i was bought up with more manners but thats just me xxxxxxx

Darksideofthe80s Mon 04-Mar-13 12:43:50

I fink you ave bin rearly foughtfall starting this fred and them gramer polise shud of fought better then to of pict on u.

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 04-Mar-13 12:44:49

I love the fact that all the grammar/spelling police are staying well away from this thread grin.

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 12:48:01

Yes, I've noticed that too LadyBeagle. Maybe the excitement is too much for them grin.

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 12:50:20


Apoloagise. I didnt mean to cause offense. I was just hopeing to start an intresting discusion.

ouryve Mon 04-Mar-13 12:51:59

Eye knead chocklit arfter vat.

Nancy66 Mon 04-Mar-13 12:53:15

It is definately good that you have pacifically addressed this.

Greensleeves Mon 04-Mar-13 12:53:21

atthewelles grin

well at leest you said sorry i dont spose you ment any ham...

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 12:56:54

Oh why did you mention ham, Greensleeves. Now I'm dying for a sanwitch.

INeverSaidThat Mon 04-Mar-13 13:00:28

I couldn't see more than a couple of mistakes in the OP. blush

Loose/lose choose/choice of/have AGHHHHHH!!! It does my head in shock

.....and please don't get me started on apostrophes sad

Greensleeves Mon 04-Mar-13 13:01:55

I only ment nasty cheep ham grin

NaicePig Mon 04-Mar-13 13:02:18

Im with Greensleaves !!!!!!

It isnt nice to lagh at peoples grammer and spelling some peple cant help it it must be nice to be u always rite abour evrything!!!!!

I was told if you didnt hav anythin nice to say dont say nothin but maybe thats just me lol,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Emilythornesbff Mon 04-Mar-13 13:02:21

That was exhausting OP.

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 13:02:25

Don't worry INever There are plenty of posters on this forum who will be quite happy to let you know where you should have put your apostrophes smile.

INeverSaidThat Mon 04-Mar-13 13:02:31

I have learnt/learned whatever how to spell DEFINITELY now. It only took 45 years and the combined nagging wisdom of millions of MumsNetters.

Jojobump1986 Mon 04-Mar-13 13:11:45

Reading that made my toes curl. I'm trying to resist the urge to copy & paste the OP & correct all the 'mistakes' I can find. blush My grammar is far from perfect though so somebody would probably correct my correction! grin

Astelia Mon 04-Mar-13 13:24:14

I cud bearly bare to clik on the thred title. Am disturbingly pleased it is just a bit of fun ect ect.

Salbertina Mon 04-Mar-13 13:27:00

And do we get a discount on an online editing course if we spot all the mistakes?! grin

sneezingwakesthebaby Mon 04-Mar-13 13:29:32

Cunt resist comeing back to this tread too see how its getting one. Loveing all the replys! We are all so good at grammer and spelling and riteing. It makes me real proud too read! I do fell bad thou for us been so good at it becoz it means theirs nothing for the pendants too correct in are posts. They must be real board with nothing too do.

FrankWippery Mon 04-Mar-13 13:32:45

Aaaaaaaaggggggggghhhhhhhhh. My eyes have burst.

maras2 Mon 04-Mar-13 13:33:30

I'm too Irish to give a feck.

greenhill Mon 04-Mar-13 13:40:19


atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 13:43:22

Im irish to Maras2. Its grate being part of such a litery nation. smile

BartletForTeamGB Mon 04-Mar-13 13:44:01

Oh, your wicked! grin

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 14:13:35

Thanks everone for all the reply's. Ive realised the grammer police are probly staying away becuase their just arent enuogh misstakes on here to make it worth there wile.

Sallyingforth Mon 04-Mar-13 14:18:43

Just you wait until your next serious post atthe welles.
I'll have you!

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 14:25:59

Actually Sally you left a gap between atthe and welles. If you check my name you will see that there is no such gap.

Just saying smile.

HecateWhoopass Mon 04-Mar-13 16:03:43

Good point well made grin

It is, in all seriousness, revolting when someone posts something along the lines of "I am so upset, my husband has just done x, y, z, my cat has died, the kids is fighting, my mum isn't talking to me and I've stubbed my toe...

and some utter knob replies

are. not is.

Or worse - some smart arsed comment about paragraphs to someone who has clearly poured their heart out in a moment of upset.

Such people go on my 'Arsehole' list and remain there forever more.

TheVermiciousKnid Mon 04-Mar-13 16:07:14

as you will get it out of your system here.

Nooo! It doesn't work like that. You don't just 'get it out of your system' if you are a proper pendant. sad

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 16:13:01

I totally agree Hecate. I can never understand posters who plod doury onto a thread to correct the OPs grammar, add absolutely nothing else to the discussion, and then plod dourly off again. I always imagine they must be a barrel of laughs to live with.

themaltesecat Mon 04-Mar-13 16:22:10

Love it!

No, really, it gave me hives, but it's still very funny. grin

(My laughter, however, wobbled at the end. You do know that it should be "None of them IS here unintentionally," don't you?)

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 16:22:16

Aaagh! I meant 'dourly' in the first line.

That was deliberate, you understand blush.

HecateWhoopass Mon 04-Mar-13 17:05:37

Nope. Sorry. Everything you have said up to this point is now irrelevant and all that matters is the typo. All further discussion will be about the typo.

You will be subjected to a character assassination.

Oh, and I feel sorry for your kids.

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 17:11:17

<scours Hecate's post for a grammatical error>

Lueji Mon 04-Mar-13 17:15:26

Every single mistake you spot is DELIBERATE. None of them are here unintentionally

So you say...


I thing you meant "loitering" not littering, BTW.

HecateWhoopass Mon 04-Mar-13 17:24:39

You may argue against the comma before the connective, I suppose. Or the lack of an exclamation mark after then interjection. I googled that. I have no idea what I am talking about but it sounds good, doesn't it?

It won't make any difference.

You're a terrible human being.

HecateWhoopass Mon 04-Mar-13 17:25:22

I threw you a typo to cling to in that last post.

[liar liar pants on fire]

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 17:27:16

Ha ha ha. I spotted it. There should not be an apostrophe in wont.

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 17:30:11

Anyway, I has to go now. See yous all tomorrow.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 04-Mar-13 17:31:30

hear hear Hecate

(or is it here here?)

Amphitrite Mon 04-Mar-13 17:38:22

I would of read the hole tread but I need a lay down furst. Then I will come back and point out you're misteaks.

Salbertina Mon 04-Mar-13 18:41:37

Their are some very witty people on mum's net. grin

Salbertina Tue 05-Mar-13 06:26:33

<but having killed the thread, clearly I'm not one of them>

FanjoForTheMammaries Tue 05-Mar-13 06:29:41

Ignore da haters hun sum people are just up there self's xx

TanteRose Tue 05-Mar-13 06:36:23


I'm sorry, lady's, but this thread is just unasseptible

I beleive you all need councilling to get rid of you're discusting prejedices

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 09:54:52

I tink thats a bit unfare, TanteRose.

sneezingwakesthebaby Tue 05-Mar-13 11:13:34

I think your all takeing this to far now. After reading this all again I can safely say your all ridiculus jelus pendants. Its tort me a lesson thou too not jugde or focuss on people's grammer or spelling on serius treads and to focuss on what's really happning on the treads.

DeepRedBetty Tue 05-Mar-13 11:26:28

grin thanks for making a serious point with humour.

A couple of times I've clicked on a thread, where OP is clearly very distressed, and in need of support/advice pronto. But if it's really, really badly written - with lots of text-speak and more than a screen page long but not a single paragraph, it can be really hard to work out what's upsetting her/him. So a couple of times I have posted something like...

'I can see you're really upset and I want to help, but I can't quite understand what's going on. Can you take a deep breath and repost, maybe dividing each different bit of the story into a new paragraph? unMN-etty hugs etc etc'

And each time the OP has come back and done this and we've been able to soothe, advise and commiserate, whichever is appropriate.

As you were...

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 11:51:44


In all seriousness for a moment, I think that's fine. It is the posters who march onto a thread to tell the OP her apostrophe is in the wrong place and then just march off again without making any contribution whatsoever to the discussion that I find very odd. I don't know if they think it makes them look and sound superior; or if they're so ignorant they genuinely don't realise that their behaviour is rude and offensive; or if they have some grump with the OP and are making an ill-judged (and not very imaginative) attempt to put them down.

(Hope I have put all my semi-colons in the right place confused)

Usaly im pendantic but sumtimez u gotta let it go

Absy Tue 05-Mar-13 11:58:32

I've been deliberately avoiding this thread for days, because of the mistake in the title. It makes me want to cry. The OP makes me want to howl and pluck my eyes out. Maybe other pedants have been doing the same?

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 12:12:15

What a pity if they have been Absy.

I was hoping to lure them all in here with that title and then quickly lock the thread so the rest of us can get on with fighting each other discussing matters of huge importance without one of the GP plodding on and killing the thread stone dead with their earnest criticisms. smile

TanteRose Tue 05-Mar-13 12:15:27


<quick, lock the thread>

KatoPotato Tue 05-Mar-13 12:16:17

I like this alot

TanteRose Tue 05-Mar-13 12:17:30

innit, tho grin

MadHairDay Tue 05-Mar-13 12:18:27

Very discrete comment at all them pendants, OP

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 12:20:16

MNHQ. Please lock the thread, quick. I think we've caught one.

ChairmanWow Tue 05-Mar-13 13:16:19

No, one isent enough. There is to many of them left out there. We got to lure more of them in to the trap. Have you's got any more bait?

Absy Tue 05-Mar-13 13:20:40

Look, you're doing this all wrong.

What you do is you have a title that would appeal to pedants. E.g. "AIBU to think that grammar is the most interesting thing ever?" at which point they all RUN over to have a look and make comments.

THEN you unleash the torrest of spelling errors, grammatical errors etc. What particularly excites them is if someone claims to be a pedant but then makes a mistake. So in the OP you state that you're a grammar expert, and then go on to post the OP as you have it here.

You're welcome.

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 13:21:18

Your right Chairmanwow. There cleverer than I taught and hav obviosly worked out that this is a cuning trap. Foyled again!

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 13:23:22

Oh thanks Absy. I new I was doing it rong.

Maybe I should of titled the thread: "Ten things you never knew about grammar". DAM!

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 13:25:53

Pedants are very difficult to catch. You need to create the equivalent of one of those sticky fly traps. (A virtual sticky pedant trap?) How about posting a really tricky question about grammar which will lead to pedants arguing with each other (maybe something about the Oxford comma)? We will then spend ages debating the issue and won't have time to share our wisdom (pears before swine!) on other threads.

MammaMedusa Tue 05-Mar-13 13:26:10

I clicked on this thinking "Must not mention OF not HAVE", "Read the actual question", "Do not mention OF not HAVE". You are mean!

gymmummy64 Tue 05-Mar-13 13:27:51

Its a good job you didnt have less mistakes because then you might of had less replies grin

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 13:27:53

I did the same, MammaMedusa. I suppose the OP has succesfully lured all the masochistic pedants in. grin

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 13:28:37

Argh! You are all very cruel!

SageBush Tue 05-Mar-13 13:31:21

<Roar> at "pears before swine", TheVermiciousKnid - unless you were just entering into the spirit of the thread...

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 13:32:44

shock blush

Oh yes, I was entering into the spirit of the thread, of course.


I'm sure swine like pears. smile

Zipbangboom Tue 05-Mar-13 13:33:40

Are we looking for pacific misstakes?

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 13:39:23

You great big meanies. angry You won't detain me here any longer, I'm leaving now. I am not wasting my pears on you any more!

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 13:41:31

That's right Vermicious just flonce off when the going get's touff.

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 13:42:24


Sallyingforth Tue 05-Mar-13 13:58:31

I think you are being very unfair to us peddants!

akaemmafrost Tue 05-Mar-13 14:00:09

grin brilliant!

ChairmanWow Tue 05-Mar-13 14:20:47

How about, 'AIBU to be a bit OCD about grammer?'. Or is that to obvierse?

Or should I spel it rite then on the thread start on about how I dont care wot the OP is on abowt on there thred but it just does me head in wen they do grammer wrong. Obv litered with mistakes.

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 15:21:04

Grate idea ChairmanWow. Im pleased to see everone on this thread been so helpfull.

sneezingwakesthebaby Tue 05-Mar-13 15:53:06

I'm wateing for someone to come on and rite the while tread out with the misteaks changed back. Come on, pendants,,,, get those red pens out and mark are work! It's suprised me how much longer it takes me to type stuff out with misteaks compared too normal. I wonder if we do it to long will it permenently effect our grammer? My iPhone has already given up correcting me when I types grammer :/

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 15:57:50

Yes, all you pendants; get on here and stop been such cowerds. Your not normaly so shy about rudly corecting everone's erorrs.

ChairmanWow Tue 05-Mar-13 16:05:50

* My iPhone has already given up correcting me when I types grammer :/*

Just snorted tea through my nose.

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 16:13:42

I will report all of you! And then I'll sue you for mental cruelty.


shockers Tue 05-Mar-13 16:14:01

Your all realy horid is all i can say. Just coz were all wel gud spelers theirs know need too be sarkie about it.

I wonder if it was this difficult for Les Dawson to play the wrong notes on the piano....

LaQueen Tue 05-Mar-13 16:23:23

Owwwwww...make it stop...make the nasty lady stop...

My favourite post recently, was the one mentioning Bungerloos - genius grin

fancyabakeoff Tue 05-Mar-13 16:28:07

I think I may need councilling after reading this thread.

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 16:35:41

Bungerloos? Do they have pedal stools?

MiaCulper Tue 05-Mar-13 16:42:54

Was it a shallay bungerloo?

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 16:43:28

Who are you calling narsty LaQueen. Ive simeply raised an isue that has been conserning some of us latley.

ivykaty44 Tue 05-Mar-13 16:50:05

ears agow nah on buttered wit spellings en the arisctocs dine bothers wit it

Its only this last 100 ears or so

nah bugger evn know howdee spell the name they had or how bleeding old they be

Viviennemary Tue 05-Mar-13 16:53:46

I think your all being really mean. Im of to watch TV about sort after antiques.

Zalen Tue 05-Mar-13 17:32:00

Well I'v defiantly learnt my lessen from his thread,

Altinkum Tue 05-Mar-13 17:35:52

I must be the only one that finds this thread extremely offensive.


Zalen Tue 05-Mar-13 17:35:52

And who's idea was it anyway to statr a mean old thread trying to trap all those poor pendants who are only trying to preform a pubic service?

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 17:40:52

It was mine Zalen. Its about time the pendants lernt that most of us on here are revolting and that we are not going to stand for their pendantry.

TheVermiciousKnid Tue 05-Mar-13 17:48:20

But ... but ... but ... I do try and keep my pendantry to myself! I'm a closet pendant.

Zalen Tue 05-Mar-13 17:48:23

Well, standing you're thread on it's head, just watch who your calling revolting; there's much baderer things than a little pendanticality hear and their!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 17:48:48


This thread wasn't started as a dig at people (like me and most of the posters I really like on here) who often make spelling or grammatical mistakes on posts. I was actually doing the opposite and laughing at the spelling and grammar police who cause offence by jumping into threads to correct people's mistakes as if they are kids writing a school essay. I just thought, rather than getting pissed off with them, I'd just have a laugh about it.

I hope I haven't upset you.

YouTheCat Tue 05-Mar-13 17:53:51

A cannit beeleev u strated a fred abut speeling n gramma. grin

YouTheCat Tue 05-Mar-13 17:55:06

I also can't believe how bloody difficult it was to type that ^ .

Absy Tue 05-Mar-13 18:02:30

I believe the correct term is "grammer police".

Alright, I'm going to try it.

Whats wrong with typeing sum words not wrtite?

I feel like I'm going to hurl

atthewelles Tue 05-Mar-13 18:04:45

Don't give up Absy. Keep trying - and remember to breeeaaaathe.

Absy Tue 05-Mar-13 18:06:56

I do work with a pedant's nightmare. As another colleague put it "I don't know how someone who's supposed to be educated and a native English speaker can be so terrible at their own language".

E.g.s (misguided attempt at being racist) "and then, I noticed that 90% of the people on the list are not Anglophiles"
Continued abuse of the reflexive
"and that is the more worst option"

Iteotwawki Tue 05-Mar-13 18:10:33

My eyes are bleeding .... I need to find a darkened room in which to lie down ...

Seriously. That was painful. I agree with your sentiments but not with your methods!

YouTheCat Tue 05-Mar-13 18:12:57

I have a colleague like that too, Absy. She works in a school (not a teacher) and I'd put her literacy level at about a level 3.

HecateWhoopass Tue 05-Mar-13 18:14:46

what do you find offensive about it, Altinkum?

Viviennemary Tue 05-Mar-13 18:28:26

I did join in. But it is offensive. It isn't really acceptable to mock other people's grammar and spelling errors.

Viviennemary Tue 05-Mar-13 18:29:45

Should that be grammatical? But it isn't very nice.

HecateWhoopass Tue 05-Mar-13 18:32:03

Is that what you think people are mocking?

That's not it.

People are mocking those who go onto a thread and having nothing to contribute but some stupid pointless bitchy comment about spelling or grammar.

This thread is a two fingered salute to such people.

Not mocking those who make spelling or grammar mistakes.

Viviennemary Tue 05-Mar-13 18:35:23

I see now. You are all forgiven. I didn't read the OP properly. As usual. blush

Altinkum Tue 05-Mar-13 18:55:08

This website is a website that communicates via "written" communication, there is a wide range of people in here with multiple disabilities, circumstances, health issues etc...

Some on here like me, have dyslexia, some have autism, MH issues etc...

Would it be accetable to come on here and state oh all you, with MH problems just need to get you're head sorted because its something that can be improve, gets tester within time, butncompletlyndimisses the fact that its the PERSON who has to deal with the thing that people are ridiculing them or making fun, or not realising that all people are different and some have better capabilities than some.

Why is it ok to pull someone, pick on someone by the way try write on a writing forum? When that's the only form of communication on a website like this.

When I first started here, I was told by absolute dickhead that I should start each post stating inhavenanlearning disability, to me this just shows compete ignorance (no matter what side) that people have all manners of abilities, and just because one is weak, at least thy are trying to help others and debate with the "*best*of them" to the best of THEIR ability.

I personally find all this cruel and demeaning and plain heartless, mocking those that struggle daily with any condition, illness, disability.

Why is mocking people's writing ability, expecially those of us who have a learning disability.

I know OP you didn't mean any harm by this post, but I say personally your just the same as the pendants, if they are wrong to do it, then surely making fun if yourself, of us whose ability is someone weak, isn't any better than them.

I don't mean to kill this thread, I just find it incredibly distasteful.

Altinkum Tue 05-Mar-13 18:59:55

And by post looks shit!

Why is mocking those with a writing disability seen differently from those who have say autism, MH etc... Why is one accetable and one isn't?

And before anybody comes on and states that dyslexia doesn't affect grammar, punctuation, spelling etc... Your incorrect I've seen this on here said many times.

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 05-Mar-13 19:02:41

That's not fair Altinkum.
It's posters like the Op and others on this thread who will be the first to jump on to a poster to defend you, if they attacked your spelling and grammar.
This thread was supposed to be mocking the pedants rather than the ones that have to put up with their nastiness.

HecateWhoopass Tue 05-Mar-13 19:02:49

I don't understand.

Are you defending the people who go onto a thread where someone is upset and their only contribution is to attack the person's spelling or grammar?

Or defending those who refuse to read a post from someone who is clearly really distressed because they didn't put paragraphs in it?

Because that's the point being made by the OP and that's what the thread was about. How revolting such people are.

The mistakes being played about with are not poking fun at people who can't spell. At all.

"Why is it ok to pull someone, pick on someone by the way try write on a writing forum?"

That is exactly, exactly the point being made.

it isn't ok.

So people shouldn't do it.

Nobody is making fun of anyone who can't spell.

What was being said was that when someone posts something, you DON'T respond to that by critisising their spelling or grammar.

Altinkum Tue 05-Mar-13 19:12:06

I'm not defending anyone that's my point, why should any if either side, be mocking anyone?

Why not be adult and mature and use the brain that you were given at birth as realise that we are all different.

If a poster comes on and pulls someone up on their writing ability style, inthink it says more about them, than the person being attacked.

I just don't get why these or any theads on writing ability is needed at all.

Some maybe thick as shit, some may also have a learning disability, some may just not grasp the witten language, but who knows any of this as its all behind a screen, to be it shows more about them, than those of us who struggle.

To me a thread like this is giving them attention and seeing that their words can and do have an affect on us. Why give them that attention, as clearly that's all they want.

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 05-Mar-13 19:21:01

I'm sorry that's the way you see it then Atinkum.
I won't bother coming on to pull anybody up anymore on their spelling and grammar corrections to others.

HecateWhoopass Tue 05-Mar-13 19:41:53

ok. Fair enough.

next time someone pours their heart out and some utter toad snipes "paragraphs " or some other shit, I will remember that we are all different.

Actually, sorry. I won't. I will always say that that is unacceptable and challenge it. It hurts people who are asking for advice or pouring out their heart when someone can only say that they spelled a word wrong or didn't use a capital letter.

There's no excuse for it.

It would be nice if people stopped doing it and if it can make them think differently, then pointing it out to them can only be a good thing, imo.

Altinkum Tue 05-Mar-13 19:57:35

Yes it is and can be a good thing, but can you honestly tell me, from pointing it out to them they have apologised, or back tracked, I've been here I think 5 years now, and I've never seen it once, normally they relailated with abuse.

Anybody can do what they want, but having been that person, on the receiving end, my advice is to ignore, however that only my opinion and everyone can listen to it or not.

YouTheCat Tue 05-Mar-13 20:01:29

If someone retaliates with abuse though, just report them. It'll be the same arses being pedants over and over again. Just because they can spell and punctuate doesn't mean they can put a cohesive argument together.

If MN gets enough reports about the same posters then they'll be given a dressing down.

HecateWhoopass Tue 05-Mar-13 20:05:24

No, I guess they don't.

I just hate it when someone comes on looking for support or advice and someone thinks that it's ok to pick apart their bloody spelling.

It always makes me want to yell at them. grin

And perhaps if enough people challenged them, they'd eventually stop it.

At the moment, you read it and other people just ignore it. Giving them the impression that others think it's ok.

YouTheCat Tue 05-Mar-13 20:07:42

I am a pedant in RL but only because it's part of my job. grin

ChairmanWow Tue 05-Mar-13 20:13:31

Altinkum I thought carefully about joining in with thread. Initially I felt as you did that it demeaned people with dyslexia and learning disabilities and was going to post a rant about how one of my best friends has dyslexia and her texts are littered with the kind of errors people seemed to be laughing at, and my cousin has learning disabilities and has very basic literacy skills. Then I realised that the pedants who criticise and mock those whose grammar is less than perfect were the ones being targetted by this thread.

I do think we're all on the same side, just dealing with it in different ways. I don't think anyone who has posted had done so to make light of people with issues around literacy.

Altinkum Tue 05-Mar-13 21:17:33

I agree with all if you, I suppose inwantnto live is a world that is full of idealisms.

atthewelles Wed 06-Mar-13 10:09:34


As I said previously, this thread was started to have a go at the pedants who make crass, rude and often offensive remarks about people's grammar and spelling mistakes.
I totally understand your viewpoint. I have just found that sometimes the best way to tackle unpleasant or bullying behaviour is to simply laugh it off. The Grammar Police represent a very small minority of posters and I am genuinely laughing at them and with you.
Because really, their behaviour is very silly. I would far rather read a post by a lively, engaging or interesting poster whose grammar isn't perfect, than a post by a dull boring pedant with nothing amusing or entertaining to say for themselves.

ChairmanWow Thu 07-Mar-13 04:49:35

Now that is how you do it:

Apols for shonky link but I'm doing it on my phone. Anyway, hats off to OP for a fantastic bait! Now quick MNHQ <lock the thread>!

TheVermiciousKnid Thu 07-Mar-13 09:22:29

I think when people jump in and point out an OP's dodgy spelling/grammar it's not really about them being pedants. They are just being rude, simple as that. There are plenty of pedants on here who wouldn't dream of being so rude. The only times I have ever pointed out any mistakes is when the other poster had a go at somebody else's spelling or grammer or when it's an obvious and really obnoxious troll. I wouldn't do it otherwise as it's just rude and unnecessary!

See, normally I am the grammar police - BUT - only when it matters. So if someone has posted asking for help, and there are what I'd perceive as errors in spelling and grammar, that would be unimportant to me. What would concern me would be the problem they were seeking help with.

HOWEVER, if someone was a teacher, lawyer etc. and was making errors in spelling and grammar, in their daily duties, then I would be picking up on it.

Fwiw, I have several friends with differing learning difficulties, and I know that they do struggle with constructing sentences, writing and spelling. Some of them chose to use programmes that help them (software), some of them chose not to. If they're writing something for other people to read, and I have been asked to read through their work, I will politely and tactfully point out errors that might confuse readers. I would not be insulting and abusive to them about their 'shortcomings'.

Sallyingforth Thu 07-Mar-13 10:25:30

See, that is no way for the grammar police to start a sentence.
Sorry MrsC.


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