Does it bother anyone else that so many responses are filled with bad spelling

United States
October 14, 2007 8:18pm CST
I am fairly new to mylots and have noticed that so many responses are filled with bad spelling. Does this bother anyone else? I don't know if people are not previewing there responses or just trying to respond to as many as possible and just aren't careful.It really makes reading some of them very hard. If the spelling is to bad and I can't make out what they are trying to say I just give it up. I know that spelling a couple of words wrong is just typigraphical but when the entire response is filled with them it is very distracting when you are trying to get their point.
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@stealthy (8188)
• United States
15 Oct 07
It doesn't bother me much. My typing has gotten to be very bad because I have developed a tendency to transpose letters which I think just comes from getting ahead of myself. I usually just proof read the message after typing it rather than using the preview and having to go through another window. One thing to keep in mind is that mylot is an English site but there are many, many people here for whom English is not their native language and spelling is an adventure with some of them. English is a very haphazard language as far as spelling goes which makes it hard for those new to it.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you both for your input. I really wasn't speaking about people from other areas as much as I was English speaking. I guess I should have been more specific in my question. I told you I was new at this. My first poopoo. First of many I would guess. Stick with me - I will learn. thanks
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@dopey22girl (3327)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Yes it really bothers me as well. What bothers me is when people use slang for words. I do say lol a lot, but that's not so bad. I'm talking about when people say: hey plz read dis discussion thx. You should not have to decipher a post! When I notice this I suggest to the writer that they not do that. Hopefully some people will take the hint; otherwise you just have to live with it.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thanks dopey22girl. I am glad to see it bothers someone else. I guess I take to much pride in myself to appear like I don't know how to spell. I understand about being busy and trying to hurry, but that really isn't an excuse as others seem to get it right. Thanks for the imput and happy myloting to you.
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@youless (90418)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Oct 07
It is not bothering me. As long as I can understand it, that's OK. As not everybody is good at English, it is probably their second language. Besides, some people are very careless.
@AndreaM76 (1164)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Well, what I have to remind myself on and bite my tounge about is that there are alot of non english speaking people on this site. They know very little I should say. They know enough to write a line or two. I have a hard time finding discussions I can repsond to because of this.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you for your response. I agree that I sometimes have a hard time finding discussions to respond to.
@AndreaM76 (1164)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I have one friend however this pertains to your topic more than my other post is that when she spells the word divorce, she spells it divorse. this really really bugs me because she was an honor Student in HS and taking college corses her Sr. year. I've also argued with one person about how to spell stupid, they spell it stoopid. There are more but I'm not pondering them right now.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thanks Andrea, I to get a little upset when I see silly things like you mentioned. It seems some one with that kind of education would no how to spell stupid.
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
I understand that some responses made by non-native English speakers would not have perfect spelling and grammar. English is not the native language in my country but I think I can speak and write English well enough to be understood. What bothers me are those responses which are written by native English speakers but still have bad spelling AND grammar.
• United States
17 Oct 07
I applaude you. Thanks for responding.
@RosieS57 (891)
• United States
17 Oct 07
Didja use a dictionary to see that applaud doesn't end in an 'e'? And I type 'didja' on purpose as a shortcut. Any fool can understand what is meant by 'didja'. Applaud does not have an e -- we native writers ought to provide a good example to people trying to learn our most difficult language; rather than pointing fingers at them but overlooking our own shortcomings. Doncha think?
• United States
21 Oct 07
I guess since you didn't have anything constructive to add to this discussion you decided to pick me apart to make an extra penny. Thanks for the response
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@MagieL (266)
• China
15 Oct 07
When i first come to here,i find there are some spellings are wrong.And sometimes i even can't udstand what they are talking about.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Hang in there Magiel. I never thought about tje fact that the poor spelling would make it even more difficult for some one who is trying to learn a second language. I guess our responsiblily is to try to get it right so others like you will learn. Nice response. Thank you.
• United States
15 Oct 07
Sorry - mistyped the - what next?
• United States
15 Oct 07
oops misspelled another work. Can you find it?
@AmbiePam (48153)
• United States
15 Oct 07
What bothers me most is when someone says they are loosing it. They are not loosing it, they are losing it. They use loose and lose in the absolute wrong way, and it's not non English speakers, it's people who speak English every single day.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you for your response. This is basically what I was talking about. I guess I assumed that people would know I meant English speaking. My mistake.
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@AmbiePam (48153)
• United States
15 Oct 07
This is going to sound snotty, I just know it is. But sometimes you have to practically spell it out for some people. I would have assumed people knew you weren't picking on those of a different language.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you. I was beginning to feel beat up on. And I have just started trying to start some discussions today. Guess I picked the wrong topic. I suppose it would be stupid of me to ask about peoples pet peeves huh? hehehehe
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• United States
27 Oct 07
I agree with you totally BSM!! It is horrible when I try to read some of these discussions that interest me and can't understand what they are saying AT ALL..... I use my spell check quite a bit. I try to overlook it but sometimes you can't. I am wondering if these people are not from the US??? What do yo u think? If that happens to me, I usually skip on to the next one. I hope you are having a great weekend ~
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@Toni_07 (175)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Yes, that is true, but i am just as guilty as the next, i will be so quick to respond and not pay attention till i get ready to post and then i realize it....but it happens :)
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• United States
16 Oct 07
I type really fast and often don't see my errors until I hit the post button and by that time it is too late. Even when I preview my response or discussion I can't any errors. This has always been a problem for me. But, I can pick out errors in other peoples work. There are many people who are challenged when it comes to spelling. I overlook the errors and slow down my thought process in order to get the meaning of the discussion.
• United States
17 Oct 07
Thanks for responding. I don't think any of us mylotters are that critical of people from other contries (although) I will again say that if they are going to participate with an English discussion it my behoove them to use and English dictionary. But I think we all agree that it is the obviously lazy ones that make us want to scream. Leave the text messaging to cell phones.
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• United States
17 Oct 07
The abbreviations really get to me. I don't think I could ever use text messaging. When I was taking a course in shorthand I had problems with it because I was so picky about spelling.
• India
15 Oct 07
I do agree with you, but i will say only one point "nobody is perfect"
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you. Point well taken. I have never had so many people think I was perfect before. Gosh!
• United States
15 Oct 07
I mean people in this dicussion. Not life in general. My family and friends sure don't think I'm perfect but they sure do love me a lot anyway.
@kiobug (2250)
• United States
15 Oct 07
It only bothers me in the sense that when you type on mylot it makes red lines under things that are spelled wrong. I cant ignore it. I will go look it up if I dont know how to spell it.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
That is a good thought. I guess if I were going to post things on a site that was not my own language it might be a good idea to have a dictionary of that language handy. English is a hard language and some words have several meanings but one letter wrong can give you a whole new word and completely different meaning. Thanks for your response
@kiobug (2250)
• United States
15 Oct 07
You are welcome.
@usmcsgtwife (4999)
• United States
20 Oct 07
No it does not bother me, I am a very bad speller so I know I probably spell alot of words wrong, also there are some members on here where Engligh is not there first language and they will come on here to help them learn english better, I wish mylot had spell check thou,
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• United States
21 Oct 07
Thanks for responding. I agree that a spell check would help everyone. But most of all it would help non english speaking members to learn to read and write it. Maybe if we keep asking they will eventually put one in.
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@pubski (41)
16 Oct 07
Hmm. Well, as an English teacher in training, I *should* really make an effort to use correct spelling and grammar, but to be quite honest sometimes I just can't be bothered :) But I agree that sometimes, trying to decipher someones horrific attempts at English is just frustrating... sometimes I think people just spout random crap to boost their post count.
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• United States
16 Oct 07
Thank you for responding. Even though English is difficult wouldn't you think they would at least get a dictionary? If I were to try to communicate on a site that did not use my native tongue I think I would at least have a dictionary so that I could not only check the words others are using so I could understand them, but I would also use it to make sure not only that I have spelled it right but that I am using the right word to convey my message. I guess if they are just in here to make a little money they don't care much about being correct. I on the other hand don't have time for their dribble. I am enjoying the conversations and new friends I am making so I will continue to try to make my responses readable. Again, thanks for responding
@Stiletto (4584)
15 Oct 07
If it's someone who does not have English as their first language it doesn't bother me. It does irritate me if it's someone who should know better though but then I have a bit of a thing about spelling anyway! Typos are ok - we all make them from time to time. Grammar and punctuation - well I'm not much bothered about that. We're meant to be having informal discussions so it's no big deal if a comma or whatever is in the wrong place. More annoying than anything though is the ones that write in "text speak" - that just drives me crazy! To be honest I think people that do that are just plain stupid.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you so much for your response. I agree with you 100%.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
15 Oct 07
i know i am not the most perfect speller in the world, but at least i try to do my best when i am typing out a response...i know that alot of people dont have english as their first language, but if they want to be involved with mostly english speakers, they need to work on it.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is an excellent point and I guess one of the ones I was trying to get across. Thank you so much for responding.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 Oct 07
It does bother me if I can't figure out what the person is saying. Now if they use incorrect spelling but the correct words then I can let it slide on by but if it doesn't make any sense then yes it does bother me.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you for your response. If it doesn't make sense what are we to think? Thanks for your response.
@kw_1250 (17)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I am pretty new to mylots too, and the spelling issues don't really bother me that much. The only time they really get on my nerves are when there are so many I can't understand what the person was saying. Too much webspeak and shortcut spelling can be a very bad thing.
• United States
15 Oct 07
Thank you for your support. I don't text message so I am not familiar with their short cuts. I guess this new age generation has to tolerate old foggies like me. Thanks for your response
@laurika (4536)
• United States
15 Oct 07
No, it doesn't bother me.Since english is not my mother language, I am glad I am able to speak in it.And if I make some mistake, it doesn't bother me, becuase you are sometimes not checking the screen, becuase your idea, what you want to write can be gone.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
I can so relate Laurika. Sometimes my mind is moving faster than my fingers and if I slow down to much I lose track. Thanks for the great response
@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
15 Oct 07
This is something that should bother mylot staff, who are not paying any attention to regular request of people to put in spelling checker in mylot just like yahoo answers have one. A spelling checker will help the writter as well as reader and will save so much time. It will also help those people who don't know very good english as english is not their mother tongue.......I have seen many chinese and japanese who come had joined mylot but due to thier poor English could not stay for long. I hope mylot staff will think about this.....
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• United States
15 Oct 07
You are brilliant. This would seem such a small way to help the Mylot community communicate better. And as you say would be so beneficial to the ones who don't have a good grasp on the English language. Great response. Thank you.
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
It can be bothering sometimes you can't understand what they want to say especially if the grammar is also wrong. That's understandable since myLot is all over the places right now. Mind checking my grammar and spelling?
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• United States
15 Oct 07
You seem to do A OK. Thanks for responding.