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Old 02-01-2016, 10:42 AM   #21
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If u cn rd ths u cn gt a gd jb wt hi pay.

A New York City subway advertisement when stenographers still existed. Point made? Let's not intimidate a poster because they are better boaters than grammarians.
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Old 02-01-2016, 11:14 AM   #22
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If u cn rd ths u cn gt a gd jb wt hi pay.

A New York City subway advertisement when stenographers still existed. Point made? Let's not intimidate a poster because they are better boaters than grammarians.
Cmn admt it, yr kd txtd tht to u.
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:03 PM   #23
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I admit I tend to tune out if I see a big block of uninterrupted text.
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:55 PM   #24
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I also agree that people should read their posts after sending to see if what is said is what they want.
What a novel concept. Or maybe they should read their posts before they send them.

To add to the list of misused words: seem and seam
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Capital/Capitol; the second does not have the first.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:11 PM   #27
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:22 PM   #28
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Let's not forget about capitalization....it does make a difference.

Helping your uncle jack off a horse....versus...helping your Uncle Jack off a horse!!!
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My pet peeve: insure vs. ensure

I have mixed feelings about this topic each time it comes up. I like to hear from those who are not native English speakers, and even those who struggle with grammar.

But there are lots of things I struggle with, too. I just have to work harder on those things.

Is it wrong to expect a little effort in the writing, from those who would like someone to spend their time reading?

I can't read one long run-on paragraph. I'd like to, but I just can't make sense of it.

Likewise, when I hit an obvious grammatical mistake, it interrupts my train of thought (not difficult to do, I admit) and I have to re-focus my attention. After a certain number of those, it's just not worth the effort. Next thread.

Write whatever you want. But if you want people to read it, and think about what you said, it's best to make some effort at clarity.
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I admit I tend to tune out if I see a big block of uninterrupted text.
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First allow me to say that my initial comment (comment #6) about the correct use of words was half in jest. With that being said, one has to admit we can all do better if we try.

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I agree with the paragraphs suggestion but don't think we should be grammarians or spell checkers. The forum is not just for English majors.......
With all due respect, the correct use of grammar and spelling is not just for those with an English major. Anyone with a high school education should have the ability to use basic grammar and basic spelling. We're not talking about winning a spelling bee here, simple everyday words should not present a problem and if they do then one should take the extra time to proof read their comment prior to posting it. Remember, the internet is forever!


From my viewpoint, I see it as many of us are suffering from laziness. I too am guilty at times and that's one of the reasons I brought it up in the manner I did, half in jest. On the other hand part of my problem, possibly yours as well, is that my mind works faster than my fingers and for this reason I frequently reread what I typed prior to my hitting the "Submit Reply" button. Truthfully, if you could see the number of edits after the original posting of my comments you'd be astonished how bad my first iteration was.

NOTE: None of the above applies to our non-native English speakers here on TF.
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Comunication seems fine.

The only time I have trouble understanding some TF members is when they use acronyms. Wish nobody did. I quit reading some posts because I don't know what the're talking about. I think it's rude.
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Calm down its not real life its a internet forum. And a international one at that and don't forget English isn't everyone first language


Pardon me for starting a sentence with And
Thank you Gaston for thinking about foreign members whose first language is not English. I do appreciate.
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Old 02-01-2016, 02:52 PM   #35
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Here's a few of the basic ones to get you on the road to the 21st century...


YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
FWIW = For What It's Worth
FYI = For Your Information
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
IMO = In My Opinion
CYA = Cover Your Azz
LOL = Laughing Out Loud
LMAO = Laughing My Azz Off
ROTFLMAO = Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Azz Off
OMG = Oh My God
POV = Point of View
WTF = What the F@#k
XOXO = Hugs and Kisses

All in good fun of course!

For more... http://www.netlingo.com/top50/popular-text-terms.php
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I knew six of those.

These should not be frequently used by normal people.
YMMV
CYA
LMAO
ROTFMAO and WTF
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Ok, you're a group of people who have their own BDL (Boat description language) and you can't handle a few acronyms? Bow is the pointy end in front (usually), stern is the squarish end on the back. LOA, LWL, etc.

There are so many specialized names for stuff I started collecting a list and wound up with a dictionary (on Amazon.com). Now that I've collected over 3100 of the most common terms used in marine lingo, I have a pretty good idea what's being said, most of the time.

I have a few pet peeves, like where to put a space. Some put a space before the comma which derails my brain.

Some spell ect rather than etc.

At least the system allows us to modify our messages for a bit, so if you do make a mistake, re-read your message and correct it.

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