To think apologising for spelling mistakes in a post is over the top

(43 Posts)
Honkyponk Sun 25-Aug-13 14:46:28

We're all on phones, gadgets, laptops and the like. We might be typing and feeding a bub with the other hand. Lets hope no one is driving and typing...... But please, AIBU to think that no one cares if you get some letters wrong or do a typo. Stop clogging up threads with apologies.

seventiesgirl Sun 25-Aug-13 14:48:05

I'd rather clog up a thread than have people think I can't spell. smile

MultumInParvo Sun 25-Aug-13 14:48:53

Yabu. Use correct grammar and spelling, then there is no need to apologise.

Sorry wink

AnyoneButLulu Sun 25-Aug-13 14:54:01

I agree OP, unless an autocorrect has made gibberish of a post (eg "not" for "now"), or it's a post on the subject of correct SPAG, I grit my teeth and let them go, it strikes me as solipsistic and insecure to correct every little typo.

Tee2072 Sun 25-Aug-13 14:56:35

Hey I have an idea! Preview the message before posting and correct mistakes!

And before people go 'but I'm on a phone' it's possible to edit even on a phone.

Honkyponk Sun 25-Aug-13 14:57:38

Exactly Anyone. Although I just had to look up solipsistic and I still don't understand what it means.

usualsuspect Sun 25-Aug-13 14:59:56

If I've made a glaring error , I will correct it.

I dunno why though because I don't give a toss about other posters spelling mistakes.

usualsuspect Sun 25-Aug-13 15:00:58

I haven't got time to preview every post when I'm in mid flow.

ShellyBoobs Sun 25-Aug-13 15:04:06

I think people apologise as they realise how difficult it is to read some posts on MN, so they appreciate people's perseverance in continuing to read.

PS, you seem to have spelled 'baby' completely incorrectly.

limitedperiodonly Sun 25-Aug-13 15:13:11

It's not necessary, but if apologising makes them happy, I don't mind.

I point out mistakes only in posts whining about the appalling standards of others. I can't resist.

ShellyBoobs Sun 25-Aug-13 15:15:10

Oops - the grin is missing from my last post.


SoThisIsHowYouNameChange Sun 25-Aug-13 15:18:25

I agree with the OP and was thinking this very thing yesterday. If it's a case of the phone inserting an entirely wrong word to the point of the meaning being obscured, then it makes sense. But every little spelling error? It just causes more bother than necessary.

Hassled Sun 25-Aug-13 15:29:28

But if I leave the spelling mistake alone people might think I'm thick, and we can't be having that wink.

I tried to stop - but just couldn't sit on my hands that awful night I typed "their" when I meant "there". I have stopped correcting my own mistakes in bold though. That's my compromise.

usualsuspect Sun 25-Aug-13 15:36:40

There have been a couple of threads started,slagging off spelling mistakes on here in the last couple of days.

It's no wonder posters feel the need to correct their mistakes considering all the teeth itching and angst their mistakes cause the spelling police.

Tee2072 Sun 25-Aug-13 16:11:29

And the grammar police, Usual.

And I don't preview either. I just hate other people telling me how to post. Oh wait...


Ezza1 Sun 25-Aug-13 16:15:25

yanbu - spelling mistakes don't bother me in the slightest and its tiresome to read corrections.

I do love a few good funny autocorrects though and the horrified correction that follows grin

insancerre Sun 25-Aug-13 16:15:45

I can spell and use grammar.
But, sometimes I make typos, lots of them. It doesn't help that my keyboard is wireless and seems to enjoy missing out odd random letters, every now and then.
I do correct tham as I go along, sometimes , but most times I am too caught up in the moment of putting my views across that I just don't care about spelling and such.

limitedperiodonly Sun 25-Aug-13 16:33:56

There have been a couple of threads started,slagging off spelling mistakes on here in the last couple of days

They take my breath away, because not only do we all make mistakes, they usually contain more than most. It's just mean - not to mention asking for it grin

When you I come over all Grammar Special Branch on them they always say: 'Oh, but I have a different style of posting on the internet.'

How does that work? Like there's something about Mumsnet that makes you forget how to spell and use commas and apostrophes and that, but when you're at work you're suddenly John Betjeman?

Sometimes autocorrect on my iPhone will insert errors into a sentence and I feel I need to correct it in another post (if I haven't noticed before posting) so people don't think I'm an idiot.

Changebagsandgladrags Sun 25-Aug-13 20:11:15

I once made a spelling mistake here. Someone pulled me up on it. But I can spell bitch-troll-from-hell.

usualsuspect Sun 25-Aug-13 20:23:17

Posters who pull other posters up on their spelling mistakes really are twats.

limitedperiodonly Sun 25-Aug-13 20:32:08

I've pulled up other posters on their spelling mistakes.

Therefore I am a twat. Really.

AnyoneButLulu Sun 25-Aug-13 21:18:56

Every now and then I feel the need to let people know that (eg) it's not "persay" it's "per se" purely on the grounds that it's better to hear it from a random internetter than from your senior manager checking a vital letter you've just sent. Anyone can misspell or mistype something but sometimes people are simply under a misapprehension that nobody's ever bothered to enlighten them on. I wouldn't bother if their posts were otherwise awash with mispellings and txtspk, or it might have been a typo.

limitedperiodonly Sun 25-Aug-13 21:39:07

Someone once used in conversation the correct pronunciation of the word 'reprise' shortly after I'd said 'repr-EYE-ze'.

I am grateful for the correction but there is a small part of me that will forever think of him: 'cunt.'

Not as bad as the woman who laughed out loud when I said: 'gam-OOT' instead of 'GAMM-ut'.

It took some time, but I had my revenge.

Awomansworth Sun 25-Aug-13 21:49:27

I spend most of my time on MN on special needs boards. I do sometimes venture over to AIBU though.

My perception is that there are certain traditions and sayings on MN - naice ham, LTB, correcting spelling mistakes, biscuit , that some feel the need to keep up and some (me included) don't give fuck.

I make typos sometimes... who cares.

usualsuspect Sun 25-Aug-13 21:53:28

I've only ever corrected someones spelling on here once.

She insulted me with 'your a belend'

AnyoneButLulu Sun 25-Aug-13 21:55:30

Yes Limited, I'd never venture to correct someone IRL because the best case outcome is that mingled thanks-but-you're-a-twat emotion, but on the Internet it really doesn't matter, in half an hour's time they'll have forgotten who the bitch was who corrected them but the knowledge will still be there.

usualsuspect Sun 25-Aug-13 21:57:48

Trust me they won't forget.

JaquelineHyde Sun 25-Aug-13 22:01:16

What is this 'bub' you speak of and should I be feeding it anything special?

Is this an MN thing like the scarf and the haircut or naice ham?

dyslexicdespot Sun 25-Aug-13 22:07:37

At the risk of sounding like a broken record- it is incredibly rude and passive aggressive to correct the spelling of another adult.

Everyone should be able to participate in a public forum (regardless of potential disabilities poor typing, grammar or having English as an additional language) without being ridiculed for something that they might not be able to help.

If you are unable to read a post because of the OP poor spelling, move on!

usualsuspect Sun 25-Aug-13 22:10:44

It is rude, and I don't for now minute think that posters correct others spellings for 'their own good'

They do it to score points most of the time.

limitedperiodonly Sun 25-Aug-13 22:14:33

I definitely do it to score points.

'your a belend' would be triple word score grin

dyslexicdespot Sun 25-Aug-13 22:15:26

Yup, too true unusualsuspect.

Petty small minded, nasty behaviour that perpetuates the ridiculous myth that being able to spell 'correctly' is somehow synonymous with being intelligent.

Vivacia Sun 25-Aug-13 22:17:50

Three things bug me. Firstly, using "advice" and "advise" wrong. Secondly, using "ect" when they mean "etc" and thirdly, wrongly used question marks. For example, "help me decide whether to LTB?".

Some psoters think that they will be perceived as inferior if they can't spell.

Really, some of us can't be arsed to type proper.

valiumredhead Sun 25-Aug-13 22:21:06

I agree OP!

dyslexicdespot Sun 25-Aug-13 22:21:43

This might help Vivacia:

The British Dyslexia Ass

internationallove985 Sun 25-Aug-13 22:25:02

I always apologise for spelling mistakes. I'd rather do that then a fellow poster point it out. xx

catham Sun 25-Aug-13 22:28:10

i do think we need a quick edit function, i sometimes make silly mistakes like say of instead of is and it's just that i'm typing so fast, previewing just takes my thoughts away and i wonder if i should post at all. just hitting post message is much more fun

dyslexicdespot Sun 25-Aug-13 22:28:42
acer12 Sun 25-Aug-13 22:33:52

The thing is with spelling mistakes snd the like is if your having a heated discussion, certain posters mock spelling and grammer and belittles the poster that way.

It very fucks me off!

AnyoneButLulu Sun 25-Aug-13 23:38:44

I definitely agree that there are more corrections than there is any reasonable justification for - the possibly justifiable "you are clearly a very literate person who has never seen that particular phrase written down and may welcome being informed" cases are vanishingly rare.

I haven't actually seen any of the "I dislike this person's argument therefore I'm going to slate their typing" examples for ages though - maybe I'm just staying away from the threads that kick off.

And on the bright side, if you consider the thousands of typos/SPAG errors made each day and the thousands of posters who see each one, the number that actually result in someone getting arsey are tiny - it makes the SPAG police literally one in a million.

Vivacia Mon 26-Aug-13 12:15:15

Absolutely acer and I agree with AnyoneBut that thankfully you don't get much of that.

Thank you for the links dyslexicdespot and I get your point, which is why I never comment when I see these mistakes.

I think people write their corrections as a knee-jerk reaction to seeing their mistake pop up on the screen. You've posted your correction before thinking about it!

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