Ever read a DISCUSSION and it is so HARD to UNDERSTAND due to MISSPELLINGS?

United States
February 23, 2007 10:30am CST
So, ever stumble across a discussion that really interests you and you can barely understand it due to all the misspelling and incorrect grammar?? I am not a english major, but good grief one or two misspellings is fine, those are unstandable, especially since we have not been blessed with spellcheck at myLot, but when you come across one that is so bad it makes me want to write to them and say "wake up" either learn how to speak or don't contribute, I feel so bad that I would think such a thing that I turn my efforts towards something good. Anyone else run across this in their surfing of myLot??
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@ElicBxn (60892)
• United States
23 Feb 07
Oh yes! Even more when the discussion is obviously started by someone that English isn't their first language and what they are asking doesn't make sense! I ran into one of those recently &, while it sounded like it COULD'VE been a good topic, I really wasn't sure exactly WHAT the topic was.
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• United States
24 Feb 07
My point exactly, thanks for contributing
• United States
24 Feb 07
I've come across a few discussions like the ones you've mentioned. However I give them the benefit of the doubt. Many people use English as a second language and are doing their very best. I know it would be difficult for me to post in many foreign forums. Lloyd
@soccermom (3200)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I posted a discussion similar to this one a couple weeks ago. Iwas furious over bad grammar, misspelled words, etc.. someone pointed out to me that the majority of MyLotters do not use English as a first language and now I have become more tolerant.
@lisa101 (1363)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I have seen it many times. I have acctually responded by asking them what on earth are they talking about. It makes me angry because its a waste of time to sit there and stare at it for a while trying to figure it out.
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• United States
24 Feb 07
I agree with you so much lisa101, I ran across one this week that I was really interested but by the time I was through reading the discussion I was too angry to respond and did not want to respond to their discussion with anything negative. Shame that it gets to that point.
@ukchriss (2103)
23 Feb 07
Yes, it can sometimes be annoying when you read something and are not sure what someone is writing about because of the way it is written and the spelling! But if I tried to write in another language I'm sure nobody would know what I was trying to say, (me included when I read it back)! There's people from most places in the world on Mylot and everyone is welcome, so i think we all have to make allowances for those who don't usually write in the english language. If I cant understand someone's post I will just move onto the next one which I can read and answer.
• United States
23 Feb 07
Yes, I understand that, but it is a shame that due to the misspellings and grammar issues that we do move on to other discussions and don't respond to it ... that is what I was trying to say
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• United States
23 Feb 07
There is a lot of bad grammer and misspelled words here, but there are a lot of people from everywhere on here and English is a second language to them. My husband is French and his written English is not too great. He misspells a lot and uses wrong grammer a lot, too. I feel really bad for him when people start in on him in a chat room or something. He is doing the best he can. Anyhow, I have come across this and it is aggravating, but I just go on with it and if I can't figure it out, I just go to the next topic. :)
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• United States
23 Feb 07
Usually I can understand the short discussions but when they get long and wordy it can be very aggravating, I mean no disrespect for anyone, just sometimes I find it so hard to respond to discussions like that and if it had been written better I would have responded. Thanks for contributing
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@anjuscor (1266)
• India
23 Feb 07
I understand some words even though they are misspelled. but most of the time i dont understand of it is a grammer mistake..
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
23 Feb 07
Yeah I have come across very Bad grammer and that turns me of the discussion and I wonder why they never or get little reponses to thier discussions.... Spell check would be really great here even I sometimes misspell words and then realise when it's too late and I've added my response...
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• United States
24 Feb 07
No i've never seen one that was *that* bad, I've seen typos, I've made typos, but nothing that effects me from being able to understand it, or even struggle to understand it.
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• Israel
24 Feb 07
My english ain't that good so I have some misspellings my self :(
@itsjustmeb (1212)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
I have yes, and to those I just ignore them or I give them poor ratings. I understand quite a few people on Mylot do not have English as their first language, but still..
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
24 Feb 07
I do not mind the mispelled words or the wrong grammars. I understand these people who are trying to improve their english skills and joining mylot can help them further with that. The only thing I noticed are members who are using their own native languages, asking a certain person known only in their own country, and some discussions with incoherent words that just doesn't make any sense at all. When I came across one discussion like that, I simply scroll through to other discussions.
• Singapore
24 Feb 07
i have seen some but well i mostly can decipher them so that's okay. most of the times i get incredulous look from my husband and my mom because they can't seem to understand the sms messages they receive but i can understand and explain it to them. though i don't write like that, it is hard to correct that habit. maybe it's a text(sms) language or true, English is our second language so sometimes we can't put the right words on the right area - hahahah.
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• India
24 Feb 07
ya i do agree with u... its really awful to see it...
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• Philippines
24 Feb 07
well yeah, sometimes i saw posts that are mispelled. anyway, sometimes i do make this mistake. well, for me its the thought that counts and if you understood the overall meaning of the phrase its not a big problem. Whats the hardest part is, when the word is mispelled and at the same time the phrase cannot be understood. that i think, is the worst scenario. hehehe.. peace to all!!
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@onabreak2 (1161)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Yes I have noticed it too. I believe I read in the rules somewhere you are not suppose to rate judged on spelling. Or even mention it on a response to someone who spells bad. I think that is because there are people from other countries and they have to speak in English. They haven't mastered it yet and maybe never will. I know it is horrible but I think they are really trying their best. There is a spell checker you can get for INTERNET explorer. Maybe that would help them. But you would have to know the correct spelling if you saw it in the spell checker. If they started the letter with a k instead of a c they might not find it. But it is a great help if you know English.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
24 Feb 07
yep. i had been through so many discussions such as these. there are even those who do these intentionally like typing down words as if they are sending text messages. i mean, why not type down full words since we don't word or letter limits here anyway unlike when sending text messages. atleast, more people can get to connect and understand your discussion, thus, more people may also respond to it. i had been using mobile phones for more than 10 years. and sitll, i always try to text in the words correctly avoiding too much shortcuts. it gives me a bit of a headache when i see people typing words here as if it's some kind of a text message. honestly, i skip them and try to look for better discussions which i can fully understand.
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
I am a person who has trouble with spelling. I am going to buy myself a dictionary this weekend and keep it beside my computer. I don't think we should give people who's native lanuage is not english a hard time because they are still learning. I too still have trouble with grammar sometimes, but I am working on that.
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• United States
24 Feb 07
because we have so many none english speaking folk comming to my lort i feel we realy need spell check,not only would it make it easier to understand but it would also help them with thier english !My own problem is my keyboard needs replacing it skipes letters and even prints gibberish if im not watching closely so far ive not been able to get a new one since i dropped this one !
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I've come across discussions where ther are an excessive number of spelling and typo errors. I'm such a poor speller myself that I can usually make them out and get past the errors if the discussion seems interesting. Also, sometimes the poster is using English that is a second language. I can't say it's ever stopped me from reading and responding and I was an English Major . (Well, an English Minor actually I switched to Art History as a major)I read once that F. Scott Fitzgerald was a terrible speller who left a lot of work for his editors and I try to keep that in mind when I'm reading through spelling errors.
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• India
24 Feb 07
correcting the spelling mistakes is the essential for discussion......
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Yes but have to take in to affect that we have people from all over the world on mylot and they are doing the best they can. If you dont understand someone all you have to do is move on to the next discussion. You dont have to bring it out in the open and embarras people.