We're not English Majors, but...

  1. 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 English isn't perfect. However, if I read a sentence on here and don't understand it because it has so many errors, that's an issue. Even if you can understand it, it can still look unprofessional to not be able to not make simple mistakes.

    I've seen this in student forums, RN forums, etc. I understand that our focus is supposed to be on clinical skills, but I expected more from nurses and nursing students. These programs are so incredibly hard. I would expect someone who is in or is able to complete these programs to know the difference between "two," "to," and "too" and "there," their," and "they're." But "knew" and "new"? Give me a break.
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  3. by   soutthpaw
    I agree with your observations, but I also realize that the advent of things like auto complete and Swype on mobile devices can cause a lot of these errors. Many posters are also not native speakers of English. Most appreciate it if you provide the correction and explanation to why it is wrong but, playing grammar police usually does not work too well on the Internet.
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    Last edit by soutthpaw on Jul 30 : Reason: Corect ma gramer.. heehee
  4. by   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.
  5. by   Purple_Clover
    Quote from soutthpaw
    I agree with your observations, but I also realize that the advent of things like auto complete and Swype on mobile devices can cause a lot of these errors. Many posters are also not native speakers of English. Most appreciate it if you provide the correction and explanation to why it is wrong but, playing grammar police usually does not work too well on the Internet.
    I understand that some are not native speakers, people using phones, etc. but this even happened in nursing school with native English speakers. I don't go around correcting people at every opportunity, but I do have expectations for nurses, which, on further reflection may be too high.
  6. by   brownbook
    You're both right.

    Sometimes it is not difficult to notice the difference between one spelling or grammar error in a post, versus English as a second language, versus just plain bad grammar and spelling.
  7. by   BSNbeDONE
    Selective reading, much like selective listening, goes a long way to safeguard one's own sanity. I'm just saying...
  8. by   elkpark
    I usually just assume that anyone who writes so badly that it's difficult for me to figure out the point of the post probably doesn't have anything terribly worthwhile to say. I visit this site for recreation, not to have to work at figuring out what people are trying to say.

    Same with text speak. When I see it, I just move on.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    And for the love of Pete, *please* use paragraphs in long posts! Ok I feel better now....
  10. by   37changes
    Quote from Purple_Clover
    their terrible English and the lack of education that has lead to this.
    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.
  11. by   DowntheRiver
    It isn't just here, it is the schools as well. I'm completing a RN to BSN program right now and in some of my courses we have to peer edit each other's work. I'd say half of the stuff I have read has been awful. Imagine an APA style paper that is just one big long run-on sentence. Or people don't know how to cite and just cut, copy, and paste. The grammar is just awful as well. I just can't believe that it is written by other RNs.
  12. by   soutthpaw
    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.
    Ouch! Purple_Clover just got owned on the Internet.
  13. by   Purple_roses
    I've seen progress notes in actual patients' charts with ridiculous spelling errors that are an embarrassment to be honest. Now, I do make grammatical errors, but not in actual charts. Proof read that stuff!
  14. by   kbrn2002
    Extremely poor grammar and spelling bug me some here, but it's the internet so I usually just cringe and move on. I do notice though that poor grammar and spelling tend to go hand in hand with confrontational posting. I guess the special snowflakes can't be bothered with something as mundane as proper English.

    However at work it drives me bonkers! I know these nurses, I work with these nurses and some of the errors about put me over the edge. For instance, our certified wound nurse who is an intelligent person consistently charts soar instead of sore. Considering this is the wound nurse I really think correct spelling regarding said wounds isn't expecting too much.

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