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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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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.

I just love it when someone has made some flouncy point, and when you read it it's so garbled up you cannot comprehend what it SAYS. So it might have been a flouncy exit, Snowflake, but you blew it!

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

Yes. Yes it does.

And I make sure I correct them before I press 'send' - so as not to look like a complete window-licker.

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I just love it when someone has made some flouncy point, and when you read it it's so garbled up you cannot comprehend what it SAYS. So it might have been a flouncy exit, Snowflake, but you blew it!

Exactly. Your credibility and/or your ability to convince someone of the validity of your argument suffers when the post isn't well written or at minimum, proofread...

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Even if you can understand it, it can still look unprofessional to not be able to not make simple mistakes.

I'm with you regarding professionalism: Writing like an idiot does not warrant the respect of anyone.

Disclosure: My sister calls me a total grammar "nazi". I believe in putting effort into writing clearly and concisely, and my reaction to those who don't is either you're lazy or just unintelligent. Sorry. As much as people clamor against being judgmental, if you're human, you make judgments about people. The bottom line is that writing is a primary way of communicating, and if you do it poorly, it reflects poorly on you.

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And I make sure I correct them before I press 'send' - so as not to look like a complete window-licker.

"Window-licker":roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:

Seriously, where are you? I want to come drink with you.

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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!

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Many of us write posts quickly here. I like to use the dictation feature and it interprets my voice incorrectly a lot of the time, so I have to edit. Many times I have to edit after I post, and the Forum gives you a window of time to do so. I think we should all take advantage of that to avoid looking like total idiots.

If we want people to take us seriously, and to be viewed as intelligent and worth listening to, we should review our posts and edit accordingly.

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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!

Got to love Newcastle, barman there refused to give me just one pint even though it was all I wanted. As he said "It's 2 for the price of one."

In another post on exactly this subject I put this up as I too am a bit of a grammar nazi;

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Sorry for the double posting of the T shirt, I can't seem to get rid of it.

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Got to love Newcastle, barman there refused to give me just one pint even though it was all I wanted. As he said "It's 2 for the price of one."

In another post on exactly this subject I put this up as I too am a bit of a grammar nazi;

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I want that shirt!:up:

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I actually am an English major. My first bachelor's degree was in English and my second was in Nursing.

I don't correct grammar and spelling on the internet unless someone else does it first. Then I might be ruthless in my correction of that person to make a point.

Sometimes a person's grammar is so poor that I can't understand what they mean. That person has a real problem in life and it's sad to me. I am not going to call attention to it.

Sometimes I get the basic meaning but misinterpet the tone. For example, run-on sentences can imply anxiety, excitement or make the writer seem childish or manic. But some people did not mean to put that across in their writing.

If I feel like tone or meaning is ambiguous due to poor grammar I usually just don't respond.

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