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Old 11-17-2011, 10:44 AM   #11
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Plus the fact that people are now verbally using the "o.m.g" and "w.t.f". Really?!? Auto correct and spell check are a wonderful design... shame not many use it.
I once was talking to a co-worker about a problem we were trying to resolve in Blood Bank. I asked her what medications the patient was on and what was the patient's admitting diagnoses. Her answer........"IDK". I'm serious. I gave her this look........
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A most interesting collection of cartoons on grammar & word choice can be found here:

Comics :: Grammar - The Oatmeal

(Maybe it should be a sticky? )

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I posted this on another forum 8 years ago - still applies:

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Today I sat through a workshop entitled "Mistake-free grammar and Proof Reading". This was perhaps the best one-day class I've experienced. I won't bore you with the specifics; I will share the underlying theme:
People perceive you, rightly or wrongly, based in large part on how well you communicate

I find this especially true on a forum. Recently I was engaged in a bit of a debate with another member. I made a comment correcting what I thought was "bad logic."

Later in the thread, the user attempted to qualify his statements in a new reply. I contend the explanation wouldn't have been necessary had the user simply written what he meant, in the first place.

I am becoming discouraged with the amount of simply bad grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure I find online. That is NOT to say I am an English major - in fact I have no college degree. I am writing about the lack of even mediocre grammar/punctuation ability.

Does anyone share my frustration? There are times when I would have replied back to such a user with a witty remark or even an insult. Recently, I have reached the conclusion that it may not be lack of trying on the part of the user, but a simple case of "lack of information".

Below I've listed a few examples, many I relearned today, of some common problems we face with the English language.

Read the following paragraphs. The words are identical. Only the punctuation was changed. One can see the DRASTIC difference in meaning.

Dear Damon,
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feeling whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy-will you let me be yours?
Jennifer

Dear Damon:
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feeling whatsoever. When we're apart I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours,
Jennifer

THAT, my friends, is what I'm writing about. Replying to topics, and giving your 'opinion', it is wise to keep in mind the words you write are the ONLY way readers can judge how you feel.

Run-on sentences
Two or more complete ideas that are joined without punctuation create a run-on sentence. Readability studies show sentences of <20 words are best for comprehension, with an average sentence consisting of 15-17 words.
If you want people to read and understand what you posted, please keep this in mind

Pronouns
Proper use of pronouns:
1. Susan and I attended the BBQ with Bill and him.
2. We club members will compete in the race today.
3. It was their car and my stereo that were stolen from the parking lot.
4. Whom were you racing?
5. Whose car was ticketed for being too loud? Note* WHOSE...not "who's" which means 'who is'
6. This is a photo of my wife and me. (misuse of '...and I' is a pet peeve of mine lately. To know which is correct, remove the other person/subject in the sentence. If it still works, you picked wisely. In this case I can say "This is a photo of me" - so I know 'me' is right. "This is a photo of I" is wrong.)

Frequently misused words:

Affect/Effect
Affect - to influence, to change.
An organization's profitability can affect whether employees receive raises.
Effect - (noun) impression, results (verb) to cause.
Global warming is having no effect on our lives. However, it has effected a change in the way some view our future.

Farther/Further
Farther-refers to physical distance (e.g., Let's drive no farther today)
Further-refers to degree or extent (e.g. Let's argue about this no further)

Eager/Anxious
Anxious - Uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter; worried (e.g., I'm anxious about an upcoming test)
Eager - Having or showing keen interest, desire, (e.g., I'm eager for Christmas to arrive.)
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i am no english major by any means, but do try to say what i mean so that i may be understood. i will at least try to be legible and sound like i have some intelligence. i ain't perfeck, but aim to tri to bee!

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Don't like how I say something then don't read it. It's a free country and you can do as you please just like me.

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Don't like how I say something then don't read it. It's a free country and you can do as you please just like me.
We don't read what you say. Maybe you should have used "Don't like how I WRITE something, then don't read it!"

Might have been more-clear that way.

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A few weeks ago I dared comment on someones sloppy grammar and got roundly chastised. But proper grammar is important.
It's the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse.Maybe that doesn't matter to you.

LOL!!! I surmise if we were to return to this country a
hundred years from now we wouldn't be able to understand English.
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"I have nothing but contempt for anyone who can spell a word only one way." Attributed to Thomas Jefferson, among others.

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i am no english major by any means, but do try to say what i mean so that i may be understood. i will at least try to be legible and sound like i have some intelligence. i ain't perfeck, but aim to tri to bee!
(i) do see what you mean.
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