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to think some people on MN would fail English comprehension?

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HollyMiamiFLA Sun 16-Feb-14 09:18:59

Because they seem unable to understand exactly what someone has said, they interpret sentences differently and they seem to say posters have said something which the poster clearly hasn't.

Sparklingbrook Sun 16-Feb-14 09:21:34

grin They do it while looking to have a go I think Holly. Read between the lines big time and make HUGE assumptions.

NigellasDealer Sun 16-Feb-14 09:22:25

yeh i know some people read the OP sketchily and then go off on one on some false premise of their own invention.
then when you get a bit snippy about their (invariably judgemental) false premise posts, they accuse you of being aggressive and rude.
<wonders if their is some connection between judgementalness and lack of comprehension skills>
do not worry about it holly.

pictish Sun 16-Feb-14 09:23:14

This is one of my MN pet peeves. People who see what they want to see in someone's words, instead what they actually say.
Thety fabricate their own version then post as if it were real!

NigellasDealer Sun 16-Feb-14 09:23:34

*there not their

ForgettableTampon Sun 16-Feb-14 09:24:23

Tbf sometimes I ask for clarification precisely to avoid looking a tit (Not hard, I have perfected The Tit over the years grin)

HollyMiamiFLA Sun 16-Feb-14 09:24:44

It's amazing to see what people think you've said.

When you haven't said that.

pictish Sun 16-Feb-14 09:25:03

Posters who do it, generally do it when they are itching to have go.

Sparklingbrook Sun 16-Feb-14 09:25:20

I think the Op is just skim read because some posters have the perfect dig but it doesn't exactly suit the scenario-just bung it in anyway.

pictish Sun 16-Feb-14 09:25:43

Exactly sparkling.

HoneyDragon Sun 16-Feb-14 09:26:26

Well clearly I'm exempt as that is wot my degree is in, init. <<smug>>

Minifingers Sun 16-Feb-14 09:27:36


Go and dig up some old breastfeeding bunfight threads.

They are a feast of misapprehensions and deliberate misinterpretation.

Sparklingbrook Sun 16-Feb-14 09:27:58

Stealth boast there Honey. grin

Sparklingbrook Sun 16-Feb-14 09:28:51

Shall we all have a day of reading threads the wrong way and having a go wherever possible to see what it's like? It may be liberating actually.

MetellaEstMater Sun 16-Feb-14 09:29:07

Alternatively could it be that some posts aren't clear enough, so the problem is with the poster not the reader? Difficult to say without examples. (Is this a TAAT?).

upyourninja Sun 16-Feb-14 09:29:16

YANBU. Some posters have extraordinary skills in missing the point. Or twisting and manipulating words. And yes sometimes it seems to be straightforward incomprehension.

Not frustrating at all angry

pianodoodle Sun 16-Feb-14 09:29:30


Sparklingbrook Sun 16-Feb-14 09:30:13

If the Op isn't clear enough-ask the OP. Simple.

NigellasDealer Sun 16-Feb-14 09:33:28

metella I posted a perfectly clear problem about bottled/tank gas and the difficulty i had in paying for a tank full in advance, and the replies were astounding. I might add that my writing style is perfectly clear and unambiguous and i had quite a few really nasty replies suggesting I was some kind of freeloader and all sorts; and sooo patronising - people saying things like 'I suggest you go off and have a quiet think about your communication style'!!
i suggested they all go off and polish up their comprehension skills which were sadly lacking.

Pagwatch Sun 16-Feb-14 09:34:18

Yes. Too true .

Or the other extreme are the Miss Marples who pick on an obscure fact in the op and challenge it to try and imply the op is lying .

'Im so upset. I went to get my shopping this morning and a man punched me as I was parking my Audi by the side of tesco'

'Really? I don't know any tescos with parking by the side of the building and you are posting this at 11.53 on a Sunday . Surely they don't open until 11.00 on a Sunday. Are you seriously saying all this drama happened and you got back home to post within 53 minutes hmm '

NigellasDealer Sun 16-Feb-14 09:34:41

not to mention empathy - as i say these things seem to go hand in hand.

ItitwrongtofancyHarryStyles Sun 16-Feb-14 09:38:10

Ok here's a comprehension test:

My husband's wonderful, he does 80% of the housework when he is at home and is kind and loving and hands on with our dc. He works away on an oil rig every other fortnight and I and the kids miss him so much. Last last night he drank four beers and fell asleep in the middle of Splash! - AIBU to feel sad we didn't have an evening together?

What part does h's MIL play in this scenario?
What does this tell us about h's relationship with alcohol?
Does anyone really watch Splash!?
Is this really the exact pattern for oil rig working or could there be an alternative reason for his absence?
Why has the OP omitted to tell us what they were eating?
Were the children 'shipped off' to the childminder?

Sparklingbrook Sun 16-Feb-14 09:40:14

I think the DH in that scenario has a second family for sure It.

YouStayClassySanDiego Sun 16-Feb-14 09:42:03

Only 80% of the housework, ltb!

DuckworthLewis Sun 16-Feb-14 09:46:52

You're referring to the logical fallacy known as a Straw Man Argument

Very irritating, but oddly commonplace on MN.

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