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To think basic literacy skills on this board are AWFUL

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Pinkandwhiteblossoms Wed 19-Apr-17 16:13:32

I know it's bad form to point it out in the midst of someone else's distress, but seriously, am I the only one who has noticed it?

"your defiantly wrong"
"have you considered councilling"
"their going to take over"
"alot of people don't bother"

I'm not expecting Samuel Pepys but seriously, I find it difficult to respond as the wider point is lost amidst the terrible writing!

Chirrup5 Wed 19-Apr-17 16:14:22


NoCapes Wed 19-Apr-17 16:14:49


Doublevodkaredbull Wed 19-Apr-17 16:15:12

YABU. Don't respond. HTH.

usernumbernine Wed 19-Apr-17 16:16:12

I type well on my laptop with a proper keyboard and badly on my phone with a temperamental autocorrect and where I can't see what I've typed.

Sorry. Didn't realise it was a hanging offence.

bibbitybobbityyhat Wed 19-Apr-17 16:16:37

99% of posters have noticed it and don't find it too AWFUL.

StealthPolarBear Wed 19-Apr-17 16:17:00

I agree op. I've noticed a trend recently to say the exact opposite of what was intended with people expected to use context to decipher it. Some posts are just gibberish
It goes beyond typos and autocorrect. Some posts (for whatever reason) are completely incomprehensible.

Northgate Wed 19-Apr-17 16:17:21

Some of it will be autocorrect.

There's plenty of times when I've typed something, hit post, and only then realised that autocorrect has "corrected" my words into something incorrect. Such as "correcting" definitely to defiantly, for example.

BuckinghamLass Wed 19-Apr-17 16:17:35


Pinkandwhiteblossoms Wed 19-Apr-17 16:17:37

Oh, come on! Yes, phones are responsible for autocorrect - which is often bizarre and sometimes very funny, but they do not turn 'a lot' into 'alot'!

Pinkandwhiteblossoms Wed 19-Apr-17 16:18:19

Conceded, defiantly might have been an autocorrect bloop but not were/where and your/you're. That's just bad grammar.

ThursdayLastWeek Wed 19-Apr-17 16:18:21

Pedants Corner is that way --->

Lumpylumperson Wed 19-Apr-17 16:18:23


Usually the spelling and grammar is very good on MN (of course, lots of people use their phones and tablets etc so there are some obvious autocorrect faux-pas).

Compared to the rest of the Internet I find that MN is one of the most pedantic for spelling etc.

That said, does it really matter?

JacquesHammer Wed 19-Apr-17 16:18:33

as the wider point is lost amidst the terrible writing

Seriously?? The wider point is lost because someone types "your" instead of "you're".

Nonsense. Utter nonsense.

The issue with MN I think is that there's no edit button. People tend to type quickly otherwise the thread moves on and their point isn't relevant.


Batgirlspants Wed 19-Apr-17 16:18:43

What a pathetic post. Most of us have busy lives dear and are posting between multi tasking. Most are on phones and rushing.

Maybe get a hobby?

MiltopMighty Wed 19-Apr-17 16:18:59

Makes me laugh.

auto correct causes a lot of problems - especially all the "ducking" going on! 🦆

I love the one about putting bowels in the sink.

And sometimes people mis-state so eloquently that you have to admire them.

savedbythebell Wed 19-Apr-17 16:19:09

I don't mind it on here so much, but for some reason it bothers me a lot on facebook. I'm astounded at how many can't spell.

StealthPolarBear Wed 19-Apr-17 16:19:49

Yes sum oarful fox passes

BoysaDearyMe Wed 19-Apr-17 16:20:15

Wat is u on about

polarpercy Wed 19-Apr-17 16:20:59

How charming.

Some people are are on phones, others may not be confident in English and some may be stressed and busy. But better to kick someone, perhaps save the marking skills for the exam boards.

MiltopMighty Wed 19-Apr-17 16:20:59

u r sew hilarious

1Evaline1 Wed 19-Apr-17 16:21:00

Yabu, auto correct is a bitch 99% of the time

WankingMonkey Wed 19-Apr-17 16:21:08

YABU. I typo a lot and do not always proofread posts. The general message is usually understood even with an out of place letter

derxa Wed 19-Apr-17 16:21:25

Your been unreesnable

usernumbernine Wed 19-Apr-17 16:21:53

Everything before the but is bullshit op.

You might want to bear that in mind next time you're typing on here. It'll make your op a lot shorter.

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