Does it bother you when you see one of your classmates who is an adult....

United States
February 6, 2007 9:02pm CST
misspell all kinds of words that are easy to spell? I'm going to school online, and we have to post to discussion boards for our discussions and team projects. Well, when these people are posting to the discussion boards, they misspell all of these words (i.e., instead of "now," they say "know" or instead of "personnel," they say "personal"). There is a spell check that you can use before posting the answers on the board, but it is obvious that they do not use it at all. It is so irritating, and it makes me want to tell them that it's all wrong. However, I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. What would you do if you were in my situation?
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@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
10 Feb 07
It does not bother me that they are not able to spell even the simple words since it could be they may have a learning disability or never learned how to spell when they were younger. I would not get upset with them but if I had the time, I would try and help them with their spelling. Some people may be from other countries and are not familiar with the English language which could be another reason.
• United States
10 Feb 07
Actually, these people are from the United States, and I know that I shouldn't get this way, but I get kind of frustrated. I guess that since I have always been an excellent speller these things get on my nerves. I don't say anything to anyone, as this is something I personally feel. I do understand that some people can have learning disabilities, and I totally do help those people out when I can. I also feel that it is very important that we all help each other out as much as possible. I guess that I just felt the need to see if it was just me that gets this way and to see if anyone else ever feels this way too. Thanks for the post!
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@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I see your point as well and what would upset me is if they misspelled words on purpose or did not care about how they spelled or wrote things. That definitely would bother me. If I am not sure of the spelling of a word, I will ask someone for help or use a dictionary or the computer for help.
@cjthedog64 (1552)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I hate it when I see it anywhere. And there's a difference between someone who learned English as a second language and someone who just can't write correctly. I remember working so hard in school to learn to, two and too, and their, there and they're. It's hard to watch someone else mess it up so much. I wouldn't get involved when someone else did it though. If it's someone who you're close to and know they'll take it ok, maybe mention it, but otherwise, I'd just let the teacher deal with it in their grade. If it's a paper that you have to turn in together, I'd make sure that I edited it last, or edit a copy of it and turn it in separately so the teacher will know that you can spell.
• United States
15 Feb 07
Well, I go to school online, and we have to do team projects. When we turn in the rough draft, we post it on a discussion board and get to proof it before it gets finalized. Even the final has been proofed before. So, I will read it and then proof it with the misspelled word next to it. This way, they know which words were incorrect.
@Khokhonut (702)
• United States
11 Feb 07
My biggest pet peeve about misspelling (or speaking) is when people say "supposivly" instead of "supposedly". This drives me nuts !
@ashjoe76 (1434)
• India
11 Feb 07
People these days generally ignore it, if they think that the communication has taken place. But I am irritated when someone is so irresponsible to misspell words constantly, over a period of time. In that case, if I expect to communicate more with that person in the future, would tell him/her that the spelling errors do confuse many ideas and I am not really comfortable with that. If they take it positively and confess that this is something that happens due to ignorance, I will take time to correct their usual mistakes. If they have some disorder in which case they cannot help the situation much by themselves, I will suggest some therapy and be patient with them.