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Old 10-19-2014, 01:24 PM   #81
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I'm an ardent, severe traditionalist English major but even I don't care too much about the "no problem" habit. The intention is good, I figure they're just trying to be polite.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:57 PM   #82
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I am extremely tolerant with regards to English grammar. After all, this site attracts people from around the world. In my opinion, it's arrogant and petty to dwell on a poster's grammar. Especially when the meaning is usually clearly understood. But, if it makes you feel better about yourself, by all means, go ahead and point it out. I'd just prefer you do so internally....
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Old 10-19-2014, 03:01 PM   #83
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I do hope you are joking...

There have been plenty of informative posts on TF from members not well able to articulate, grammartarize (there's a word for ya - lol), or even correctly spell English.

That was sarcasm Art. Your instinct, or hope, was correct. Hence the "good grief'.
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:05 AM   #84
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Like it or not, people judge you on the impression you present. If you make a poor impression with bad grammar or spelling or misuse of words, they will tend to think you are less intelligent or knowledgeable than you may be.

When I was working there was a guy in the office in a low management position who had been promoted for political reasons (government job) from the trades. Spelling and grammar were not his high points.

He would often compose memos and send them around the office. They were so poorly spelled and worded that it got to the point that we made a game of circling his mistakes and the winner was the one who caught the most.

One time he decided that signs were needed in the hallways and he had several made up and installed. There was a misspelling on the signs.

In my observation, members on this forum do a lot better with spelling, grammar and word use than people on so other forums I participate in. I suppose the reason has to do with education and earning power.

I have been on the receiving end of a few posts on word usage but I like to think I learn something every day so if I can learn from a post and appear smarter the next day I'm not going to get upset about it.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:42 AM   #85
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For real confusion what if you have your wench use the winch to pull the anchor or your winch operated by your wench to pull the anchor. Or if your winch is broken and you order your wench to pull the anchor, or if your wench is broken and...........
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:45 AM   #86
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Hey Ron, thank god for spell check......
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Mule, What if your wench has to use a wrench to fix the winch?
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:43 AM   #88
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I operated dazed and confused. I would be lost
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:52 AM   #89
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Or what if your wench fixes your winch with a wrench and then you need to wrench your wench off of your winch?
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When my wife accepted a job at an elementary as. PRINCIPAL and on the sign out front was "Welcome Mrs ___________, our new Principle". She was the go to proof reader as asst principal at her previous school. She came home that day, smiled and rolled her eyes. I ask how long it was that way for the community to see in front of their place of learning. Answer, "less than 5 minutes after my arrival."
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Or what if your wench fixes your winch with a wrench and then you need to wrench your wench off of your winch?
That calls for lube. And a bigger wrench I would guess.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:06 PM   #92
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There's a church I pass on the way to my marina that puts this sign out every now and then:

Chicken Diner $6.00
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Like it or not, people judge you on the impression you present. If you make a poor impression with bad grammar or spelling or misuse of words, they will tend to think you are less intelligent or knowledgeable than you may be.

When I was working there was a guy in the office in a low management position who had been promoted for political reasons (government job) from the trades. Spelling and grammar were not his high points.

He would often compose memos and send them around the office. They were so poorly spelled and worded that it got to the point that we made a game of circling his mistakes and the winner was the one who caught the most.

One time he decided that signs were needed in the hallways and he had several made up and installed. There was a misspelling on the signs.

In my observation, members on this forum do a lot better with spelling, grammar and word use than people on so other forums I participate in. I suppose the reason has to do with education and earning power.

I have been on the receiving end of a few posts on word usage but I like to think I learn something every day so if I can learn from a post and appear smarter the next day I'm not going to get upset about it.
there is a huge difference in calling someone ignorant for misspelling something on a forum as opposed to a work place environment
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:51 PM   #94
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there is a huge difference in calling someone ignorant for misspelling something on a forum as opposed to a work place environment
Yes there is. I don't recall anyone calling anyone ignorant though.
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Is it fish sticks or cod rods?
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Greetings,
What about sweet and sour chicken balls? Chickens don't have....oh, never mind.
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When my wife accepted a job at an elementary as. PRINCIPAL and on the sign out front was "Welcome Mrs ___________, our new Principle". She was the go to proof reader as asst principal at her previous school. She came home that day, smiled and rolled her eyes. I ask how long it was that way for the community to see in front of their place of learning. Answer, "less than 5 minutes after my arrival."
I was an electronic technician in the maintenance department of a very large public school system. Over 200 schools, over 350 trades people in the maintenance department not counting custodians.

They had a couple vacant school buildings and they would move the staff and students into one of these while the original school was being renovated.

One of the carpenters was tasked with moving the metal letters spelling out "XXX School" from the old building to the new one. He had to drill the brick, install anchors, and bolt the letters on. He misspelled "School". A staff member pointed it out to him and he was able to correct the spelling before too many people saw it.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:04 PM   #99
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The most bothersome word to me is use of "anyway[s]". Such as: I don't like that car anyways. or... You never should have done that anyways. It is a crude dialectic diversion off the word "anyway", which stands on its own volition for singular or plural in context of sentence. Not too unlike the animal word deer[s].

Although, unlike deer[s] that give plural intent but no possessive word qualities... anyway[s] acts as a dialect spelling in attempt to make it sound more representative of both plural and possessive.
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What's actually more of a problem than the spellchecker is the word replacement coding or whatever it's called. This is the programming that decides for you what word you want before you've finished typing it.

Sometimes this can be helpful. But much of the time, it sticks in a a word that's not the one you thought you were typing. And if one is a fast typist, either on a computer keyboard or a phone, it's easy to just keep typing and assume the correct word went in.

I've had this happen a lot, which is one reason I try to carefully re-read what I've typed before I send it. But even then I may not catch it, as it's easy to "see" the correct word in a sentence when in fact, it's not the correct word.
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