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Elizabeth
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0 posted 09-17-99 07:22 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I have seen the most ridiculous spelling errors, and not made on purpose for a joke. I know not everyone can be a walking dictionary, but these ones are so OBVIOUS! Come on!

Sorry, it just gets to me. Especially when you see them OVER and OVER and OVER again!

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."



[This message has been edited by Elizabeth (edited 09-18-99).]
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1 posted 09-17-99 07:44 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Yawp...I saw an editorial in the Houston Chronicle not too long back about that. They showed the cover letter sent in for the position as receptionist. Her reliance on spell-check was very obvious, as one could hardly make out the material for all the proof-reading notations added by the editor.

This is why I keep a large dictionary by my desk at all times. This is not to say that errors will not happen, but for the attentive (a little tired and had to crack open the dictionary for that one) the likelihood will be greatly reduced.


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2 posted 09-17-99 08:49 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This is a problem for me too! I know we can't all spell like a National Champion, but at least try!
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You aren't the only one who it bothers, Elizabeth. Lets put forth a little more time and make sure most of our words are spelled right, okay people?

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*Krista Knutson*

Mockery is a form of ignorance; silence, a form of wisdom. -- Daniel L. Miller

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4 posted 09-17-99 10:16 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Good ideas, you guys...I guess the worst speliing error I've seen has to be "doughnut" as D-O-N-E-T...

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."


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5 posted 09-17-99 10:36 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

AGREE AGREE AGREE
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6 posted 09-17-99 11:31 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Doe-nit just frost ya?
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7 posted 09-18-99 03:24 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Elizabeth, I hate to be a stickler... no I don't, I love it! But anyway, I noticed that you spelled a word wrong... the "then" before your first "OVER." Shouldn't that be "them?" Smiles and understanding, 'cause I agree with you completely!
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8 posted 09-18-99 01:46 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

All right, Christopher, I fixed it. Thanks for pointing that out to me. But, there's a difference between a typo and a stupid mistake. Typos I understand, but the errors I was talking about are more like the "donet" one aforementioned, and other ones that are obvious. I could give a few examples from this site, and I won't mention them because I don't want to offend anyone. But they do get to me, just because they're such simple, everyday words.

Alicat, PdV, Alwye, Sunshine, Nan...thanks for replying.

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."




[This message has been edited by Elizabeth (edited 09-18-99).]
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There's a difference between a typo and a stupid mistake? Please!

Spelling errors are, for the most part, attributable to a wide variety of causes - poor education being just one of them. Typo's are attributable to only one thing - lack of care.

I can forgive a spelling error much easier than a typo. A spelling error takes more energy and intelligence to correct or avoid. Typo's merely take a second to proofread your work before posting....

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Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
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10 posted 09-18-99 10:27 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I agree, JP, but I have seen very smart people making incredibly stupid errors. It's very easy to type up a message or a reply and not catch a small typo, like my typing "then" instead of "them". I try to proofread my work and if one slips by me, I edit the message. However, I notice people using wrong vowels and leaving letters out of words. They continue to make these errors two or three times, not seeming to notice what they are doing. It's not poor education, it's just ignorance.

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."


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11 posted 09-19-99 08:33 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Or, it could be something else. There have been poets who used intentional misspellings as their trademark or individual style. Hell, some nits might even think it's trendy and avant-garde...you never know with some people.

I could say that e e cummings refused to capitalize or punctuate anything due to the fact that his typewriter was missing those keys, but I doubt it.

Alicat, eternally thankful to cummings for providing so much shredded kitty litter.
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12 posted 04-23-2001 10:07 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Sunce wear into bumping...

I aggree, peopul who cant spell drive me INSAIN

INSAIN I TELL YU!

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13 posted 04-23-2001 11:02 AM       View Profile for Allan Riverwood   Email Allan Riverwood   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Allan Riverwood

Oh absolutely... what about the people who spell wrong on purpose?  Who, instead of taking the time to key "to" or "too," type "2?"  I find that this really annoys me...
Just a personal peeve.     
However we should take into account that some of these people don't speak English as a first language.  So long as the communication is clear, we should be tolerant.  
Still, spelling mistakes are one thing that really bugs me.  
~Allan

Build a man a fire, and he's warm for a day.  Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.  
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14 posted 04-23-2001 07:43 PM       View Profile for Fading Away   Email Fading Away   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Fading Away

Spelling errors don't bug me as much as short-hand typing does.  Spelling errors that are ridiculously wrong, sure, that bugs me a little, but when someone types numbers for words and instead of putting "are" put "r" or "u" for "you."  It's not only hard to read, but makes me not want to continue reading that certain post.
Hrm, I have my pet peeves, we all do, but I think this one is among the more common...

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subconsciously, i think i can eat so much to make my stomach hurt, instead of my heart.

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15 posted 04-23-2001 08:42 PM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

Yeas, peepol shoud lern to spel, to sey da leest, not onlee dat, but gramar two  

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So long lives this, and this give life to thee."  W.S.

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16 posted 04-23-2001 09:38 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

I understand that these things are annoying and ultimately important, but are we nitpicking or reading poetry? *shrugs* I guess its all in what you are looking to get out of the poetry.

still d-i-s-c-o-n-n-e-c-t-e-d
I am bound by this, you see...to become Night's sole mistress, and I am jealous in my endeavours for his attention.

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17 posted 04-23-2001 11:14 PM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

Posts like these keep me sane. Hell, it almost makes me want to go home.

*tear*



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18 posted 04-23-2001 11:46 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

wut y'all talkin' but?

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19 posted 04-24-2001 04:45 PM       View Profile for Greeneyes617   Email Greeneyes617   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes617

No one is perfect, and the spelling check doesn't always catch errors. IT happens. I know college professers that do it. I do it all the time. Espically when I am stressed out, but thats just my two cents.
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20 posted 04-24-2001 04:47 PM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

I'm sorry, but I have to agree with Temptress.
We ALL make mistakes, as we've just seen earlier.

quote:
It's not poor education, it's just ignorance.

So, correct me if I'm wrong, but the definition of "ignorance" is
the condition of being unaware, uninformed or uneducated.

~Sheri

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left by those who got there first"


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21 posted 06-03-2001 11:33 AM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

yes, there is a reason that word programs have a build in spell check, for people like me. Proof reading is crucial.  

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Brutal and mocking but always therea crutch for enmity's saddest glare"

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22 posted 06-08-2001 05:12 PM       View Profile for White Wolf   Email White Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for White Wolf

Proof reading and spell checks don't always solve the problem.  Me for instance.  It is hard for me to see the difference between then and them when I have been writing for a while.  Also we must realize that there are many different dialects of english in the US alone and different ways to spell the same word.  Anyway as long as I can understand what the poet is saying spelling and grammar for that matter don't matter to much to me.  Oh I may have to read something twice but that really isn't anything to complain about.


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23 posted 06-08-2001 06:22 PM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

I hate seeing spelling errors. The common mistake or typo I can easily understand, I make them all the time, but when people have so many spelling errors that it is hard to understand what they are saying, then a line has been crossed.

I really, really hate when people cut words short on the boards and in conversations... Language is a tool and using "2" for "too", "u" for "you" and so forth really dulls your tool and undermines your credibility.

"They that start by burning books will end by burning men." -- Heinrich Heine

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24 posted 06-08-2001 07:23 PM       View Profile for OLIAS   Email OLIAS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OLIAS

I agree but what really annoys me is people who spell labour as labor    

Queens English Olias.
 
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