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carben Fri 02-Aug-13 13:28:24

To be pissed off with people not being able to tell the difference between bear / bare. It's hardly rocket science. If I see 'bare with me' one more time ....I clearly need to stop skulking in the kitchen on mumsnet and get out and have some quality time with the kids.

UniqueAndAmazing Sat 03-Aug-13 13:27:09

and you know what's funny?

at the top of every single AIBU thread, there's a note that says "please bear in mind..." in case anyone's in any doubt which to use...

Wasapea Sat 03-Aug-13 13:27:47

What GalaxyDefender said.

quoteunquote Sat 03-Aug-13 13:55:00


Did you mean, Oh my god?

(In which case, Yes what do you want?)


Obviously my gripe ?

Bear and Bare

If someone was speaking you would find it hard to tell the difference if they used the wrong one.

To be pissed off with people not being able to tell the difference between bear / bare.

How do you know, they may spell it incorrectly for the appropriate meaning, but I am sure they know have grasped the concept there are different meanings, it is fairly self explanatory in context, it would be hard to have a huge misunderstanding.

It's hardly rocket science.

My father is a science professor, he was the youngest ever in his subject, he can't spell university along with thousands of other words, very dyslexic, so are his entire department, as are most of his students, not one of them can spell very well, the secretaries have fun, Dyslexia, Autism and aspergers feature heavily in the sciences.

If I see 'bare with me' one more time ....

You will educate yourself on the reasons why people do this.

I clearly need to stop skulking in the kitchen on mumsnet

Entirely up to you what you do, but an improvement would be to stop making people feel self conscious about something they find extremely difficult.

Find a more positive way to boost your self esteem, that doesn't involve putting others down.

and get out and have some quality time with the kids.

Do, take your goats for a lovely walk around the lanes, Oh did you mean children? easy to get confused.

I do hope you are volunteering as an english teacher at the local prison, library or evening classes for the illiterate, as clearly it is so important to you.

I remember nasty bullies like you from school, my dyslexic children endure them at school, (probably your children who have learnt from their mother), you always hope they will grow out of it, you clearly haven't.

If you had an ounce of decency you will go to the thread where you spotted this offence to your immature senses and offer an apology to the poster you have no doubt feel bad about themselves, but I bet you are not big enough to do so, bullies seldom are.

Wasapea Sat 03-Aug-13 14:02:07


Wasapea Sat 03-Aug-13 14:03:12

hmm I am smiley illiterate.

YouTheCat Sat 03-Aug-13 14:15:53

Applauds Quote

There's a time and a place for pedantry and AIBU isn't it.

teenagersmother Sat 03-Aug-13 18:52:26

I do notice spellings and my pet hate at the moment is when the word 'been' is used instead of 'being'. I have seen it so many times now ggrr!

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Sat 03-Aug-13 19:23:39

'Also those who think a word ending in a vowel requires an apostrophe before the s to make it a plural.'

Also those who think what?

Is this even a sentence?

You see ... you have your pet hates. Yet you're just as capable of coming out with something that'd make you wince if written in a formal context as anyone else. I think it's important to realize that different people will notice different things, and you're probably making mistakes that set someone else's teeth on edge, so being rude to them is probably hypocritical as well as mean.

unique - thanks! That is why I do think grammar is interesting, despite thinking it's out of line to be judgy about it. I remember learning things like that and being quite excited (I had a sheltered life grin), because suddenly the rules made sense.

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Sat 03-Aug-13 19:24:33

(Also joining in the applauding of quote here smile. And of quotefather.)

xylem8 Sat 03-Aug-13 19:27:28

I saw an advert for a gymnastics summer camp today saying children must have bear feet!!

YouTheCat Sat 03-Aug-13 19:28:40

Grrr grin

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Sat 03-Aug-13 19:33:05

(To be fair, I am cracking a smile at 'bear feet'. Though at least it wasn't bear feat.)

YouTheCat Sat 03-Aug-13 19:53:53

I don't mind having a laugh at poorly written signs. But I can't be doing with picking apart each posters' contributions on a parenting forum.

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Sat 03-Aug-13 19:57:27

Yes, that is exactly how I feel.

CornflowerB Sat 03-Aug-13 20:46:43

Slightly off topic but the 'Wow. Just wow.' thing is really starting to grate on my nerves. We're not in a teen sitcom.

valiumredhead Sat 03-Aug-13 20:49:12

I have always said 'wow'and I'm 43grin

valiumredhead Sat 03-Aug-13 20:49:54

I agree with youthecat!

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Sat 03-Aug-13 20:59:25

Where is 'wow' from? I would like to know.

I didn't think it was especially teenagery, but may be showing my age there.

EBearhug Sun 04-Aug-13 18:28:30

If I see 'bare with me' one more time ...

And if someone writes it to you at work, be careful about whom you reply to with, "Is that an invitation?" :sigh:

It doesn't seem to be clear where wow is from.

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