We're not English Majors, but... - page 3

I really don't understand so many of the posters on this site both literally because of their terrible English and the lack of education that has lead to this. We're not English majors. Hell, my... Read More

  1. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Phil-on-a-bike
    I'm in sunny (i.e. currently between showers) Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in the haematology research unit of the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    If we turn left out of the gates, nearest pub is the Trent House - a bit rough around the edges, but friendly and a bit hipster.
    Turn right - the 'Cosy Dove'. Newly renovated gastropub with posh grub and nice decor.
    Either's fine by me!
    Well dammit I'm in the States and there's no Concorde anymore. Hmmmm...I think I see a trip to Newcastle in my future.
  2. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from roser13
    I agree. I sometimes can't even understand what the poster means to convey. (And I don't mean folks whose first language is not English.) If any mention is made of poor spelling or incoherent, run-on sentences/paragraphs, the following responses are typical:

    "Who made you the grammar police?"

    "It's the internet. I don't have to spell correctly or use proper grammar."

    "I'm typing on my phone. It makes mistakes."

    The second one always makes me laugh. Either you can spell or you can't. Either you have a basic grasp of grammar or you don't. If you do possess those two fundamental traits, you'd have to go out of your way to speak or write incorrectly.
    If I thought it was just how they wrote on the internet (for whatever reason), I be a little less bothered, but I've read enough nurses notes and NPs notes to know that apparently many of these individuals think that they "don't have to" spell correctly or use proper grammar in clinical situations, either.

    Honestly, if one is used to using proper grammar and spelling in their day to day lives, wouldn't it be unnecessarily hard to on purpose wrote poorly just for the internet's sake? Not minor things, like the occasional missed comma, that don't affect the ability to understand the sentence. But when things become unreadable...well, that's a problem.

    I also have a pet peeve: people using "whom" when "who" is correct. Stop trying to write fancy! You are doing it wrong!
  3. by   GrumpyRN
    Quote from Emergent
    I want that shirt!
    It's on a site called shotdeadinthehead.com
    Clean Grammar T Shirt

    Be careful as there is a sweary one as well.
  4. by   elkpark
    Quote from GrumpyRN
    It's on a site called shotdeadinthehead.com
    Clean Grammar T Shirt

    Be careful as there is a sweary one as well.
    What a great website (what great stuff, that is) -- thanks!
  5. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    What I wonder is, why don't people edit their posts before posting? If I just clicked on 'post comment' without checking my spelling, or even to see if I typed using the correct keys, almost anything I'd post would be pitiful.
    example: 'she, with fingers incorrectly placed on keyboard when you are typing a reply very fast, in the heat of the moment, could come out as 'djw'. I do that all the time!
    That's what's good about a backspace key!
  6. by   Purple_Clover
    Quote from 37changes
    I promise I am not here to be a jerk. But since this is important to you, I thought I might point out that it has "led" to this.
    Obviously you missed not only the title of this post, but the body as well. I never said perfection was important to me.

    I realize people make mistakes, and that no one is going to be perfect. Some of this **** is just way the hell out there though
  7. by   herring_RN
    ENGLISH IS CUH-RAY-ZEE - Josh White Jr & Pete Seeger
    English is the most widely spoken language in the history of the planet.

    One out of every seven human beings can speak or read it. Half the world's books, three-quarters of the international mail are in English. It has the largest vocabulary, perhaps two million words, And a noble body of literature.

    But face it: English is cuh-ray-zee! Just a few examples:

    There's no egg in eggplant, no pine or apple in pineapple.

    Quicksand works slowly; boxing rings are square.

    A writer writes, but do fingers fing? Hammers don't ham, grocers don't groce. Haberdashers don't haberdash.

    English is cuh-ray-zee! If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of booth be beeth? It's one goose, two geese. Why not one moose, two meese? The plural of index is indices; should it be one Kleenex, two Kleenices? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    You can comb through the annals of history, but not just one annal. You can make amends, but not just one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one, is it an odd or an end? If the teacher taught, why isn't it true that a preacher praught? If you wrote a letter, did you also bote your tongue?

    If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    Why is it that night falls but never breaks and day breaks but never falls? In what other language do people drive on the parkway and park on the driveway? Ship by truck but send cargo by ship?

    Recite at a play but play at a recital? Have noses that run and feet that smell? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same When a wise man and a wise guy are very different? To overlook something and to oversee something are very different, But quite a lot and quite a few are the same. How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell the next? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    You have to marvel at the lunacy of a language in which your house can burn down While it is burning up. You fill out a form by filling it in. In which your alarm clock goes off by going on. If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of progress?

    Well, English was invented by people, not computers And reflects the creativity of the human race. So that's why when the stars are out, they're visible, But when the lights are out, they're invisible. When I wind up my watch I start it, but when I wind up this rap, I end it. English is cuh-ray-zee!
  8. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Quote from herring_RN
    ENGLISH IS CUH-RAY-ZEE - Josh White Jr & Pete Seeger
    English is the most widely spoken language in the history of the planet.

    One out of every seven human beings can speak or read it. Half the world's books, three-quarters of the international mail are in English. It has the largest vocabulary, perhaps two million words, And a noble body of literature.

    But face it: English is cuh-ray-zee! Just a few examples:

    There's no egg in eggplant, no pine or apple in pineapple.

    Quicksand works slowly; boxing rings are square.

    A writer writes, but do fingers fing? Hammers don't ham, grocers don't groce. Haberdashers don't haberdash.

    English is cuh-ray-zee! If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of booth be beeth? It's one goose, two geese. Why not one moose, two meese? The plural of index is indices; should it be one Kleenex, two Kleenices? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    You can comb through the annals of history, but not just one annal. You can make amends, but not just one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one, is it an odd or an end? If the teacher taught, why isn't it true that a preacher praught? If you wrote a letter, did you also bote your tongue?

    If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    Why is it that night falls but never breaks and day breaks but never falls? In what other language do people drive on the parkway and park on the driveway? Ship by truck but send cargo by ship?

    Recite at a play but play at a recital? Have noses that run and feet that smell? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same When a wise man and a wise guy are very different? To overlook something and to oversee something are very different, But quite a lot and quite a few are the same. How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell the next? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    You have to marvel at the lunacy of a language in which your house can burn down While it is burning up. You fill out a form by filling it in. In which your alarm clock goes off by going on. If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of progress?

    Well, English was invented by people, not computers And reflects the creativity of the human race. So that's why when the stars are out, they're visible, But when the lights are out, they're invisible. When I wind up my watch I start it, but when I wind up this rap, I end it. English is cuh-ray-zee!
    WORD!
  9. by   Purple_Clover
    I agree English is a difficult language, some say the most difficult. But ****, if you've been speaking it for 20+ years, it's just sheer laziness to not know the difference between their, there, and they're
  10. by   cardiacfreak
    Quote from herring_RN
    ENGLISH IS CUH-RAY-ZEE - Josh White Jr & Pete Seeger
    English is the most widely spoken language in the history of the planet.

    One out of every seven human beings can speak or read it. Half the world's books, three-quarters of the international mail are in English. It has the largest vocabulary, perhaps two million words, And a noble body of literature.

    But face it: English is cuh-ray-zee! Just a few examples:

    There's no egg in eggplant, no pine or apple in pineapple.

    Quicksand works slowly; boxing rings are square.

    A writer writes, but do fingers fing? Hammers don't ham, grocers don't groce. Haberdashers don't haberdash.

    English is cuh-ray-zee! If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of booth be beeth? It's one goose, two geese. Why not one moose, two meese? The plural of index is indices; should it be one Kleenex, two Kleenices? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    You can comb through the annals of history, but not just one annal. You can make amends, but not just one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one, is it an odd or an end? If the teacher taught, why isn't it true that a preacher praught? If you wrote a letter, did you also bote your tongue?

    If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    Why is it that night falls but never breaks and day breaks but never falls? In what other language do people drive on the parkway and park on the driveway? Ship by truck but send cargo by ship?

    Recite at a play but play at a recital? Have noses that run and feet that smell? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same When a wise man and a wise guy are very different? To overlook something and to oversee something are very different, But quite a lot and quite a few are the same. How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell the next? English is cuh-ray-zee!

    You have to marvel at the lunacy of a language in which your house can burn down While it is burning up. You fill out a form by filling it in. In which your alarm clock goes off by going on. If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of progress?

    Well, English was invented by people, not computers And reflects the creativity of the human race. So that's why when the stars are out, they're visible, But when the lights are out, they're invisible. When I wind up my watch I start it, but when I wind up this rap, I end it. English is cuh-ray-zee!
    I love this.

    I have another one for you... Froze is past tense of freeze, why isn't squoze past tense of squeeze?
  11. by   1056chris
    Its the typing and sometimes people talk to text and you really need to read it back to make sure they heard you right. I don't myself but I have friends that do . Hey what about coffeve? Ease up maybe it is just typo's.
  12. by   djh123
    I couldn't agree more. By the way, when you used 'lead' it should be 'led' ... and I've been seeing this error a lot lately in articles and so on. I guess people get fooled because the METAL lead is pronounced the same as led, as in 'she led the race', but the latter is led, not lead.

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