I am responding to this post for one reason and one reason only. PLEASE STOP WITH THIS POST. IT'S STUPID AND CHILDISH AND I'M SURE I SPEAK FOR MORE THAN JUST MYSELF.....I'M SICK OF SEEING IT AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN.
1) People visit this forum from around the world and English is NOT their first language? They must make the effort to first think in their own native language then translate the thoughts and then type these messages in English for those of us with more limited language skills.
2) Being the TYPO QUEEN myself, many of us make typos because we're in a rush or want to reply spontaneously. Since there is no spell check, we don't realize our mistakes until AFTER we have posted our message or reply?
3) You are correct in assuming there are all levels of education represented in this and any public forum. Those who may not have had the advantage of a higher level of education love their pets no less than you and have as much right to communicate with other pet lovers as you.
Some of the most intelligent people Iíve had the privilege of knowing in my life were those who had no formal education. They had common sense that we should all try to emulate.
I agree that posts with no punctuation which are written in one giant paragraph are hard to read. However, if it bothers you, skip over it. I do if I find something overlong and hard to read. No one is forcing any of us to read posts that you find hard to decipher.
Bottom line, unless itís intentional computer ďslangĒ, ease up and go with the flow.
I don't think so somewhat, lol. If you haven't learnt how to spell by now then I believe it's a lost cause! I'M afraid I cannot suffer fools all that easily, LMHO.
As being a student pursuing her Phd in english lit, I am offering a free course to those who make at least 5 grammatical errors in 50 words or less. I'm pleased to announce that I have added you, Cassandra as being my first student.
sorry to bump this up. but if i added it to my prior posts it would get missed. PLEASE add any NEW comments to prior posts that way this can make it to page 2 at least beacuse i think it wont bump up if we do that. thanks. (sorry for taking the spotlight from the poster but this subject is one that is lame.) SO many BETTER posts. ************** perhaps in the future; should a reader go balisic over something so trivial, they should either not read that post or DIRECT thier concern to admin. THAT I S what they are here for.
***Edited By: mzpeekabooicu on 1/29/2006 4:26:41 PM*** Reason: add
as far as spelling is concerned: I really don't care about it, especially on an internet forum. As long as I can understand what the poster is trying to say, I don't care about spelling, gammar, etc... and I am a Ph.D. student.
Hello everyone. First time posting on this site. I was recommended to chime in, because this site is really a nice one. Well I just want to start off by saying, let's thank God that those of us who can spell are good at it. Unfortunately, there are some people who do not have the best skills when it comes to grammar. I appreciate the fact that people are atleast trying to communicate in this world. This is the first step. Atleast they are trying to communicate. If you choose not to read it, because of your personal choice. This is fine, but don't bash the person who may have extreme difficulties in spelling. We are all pet lovers here. This is a pet forum, not an English course. So who is more ignorant? The one who is actually uneducated and tries? or the one who is educated and doesn't try? I respect everyone on here, so please do not feel targeted at all. I respect and appreciate everyone's post, and I feel I am entitled to my opinion as well. Thanks.
I have avoided this post until it became apparent who in question it is about and why. I am not going to waste my time reading all these posts, I value it more than that. Have we determined though why there are a few people who ignore every rule of English grammer?
Dusty I am not referring to you in any way. I didn't even notice your posts to be different. I am referring to a others.
Unless they are young or of a different culture, which I realize there are a couple, they need to respect everyone on this board enough to learn correct English. At least enough to be understood, or don't freaking post. There is no point. It seriously makes my brain hurt.
It is like a never ending series of bad poetry or brain puke. Make it end.
***Edited By: alicat1 on 1/29/2006 5:54:50 PM*** Reason: ad
Again, I feel that it is far more important to be open to differences in one another and sharing about our pets than it is about anything else. There are also many out there who are phonetic spellers, deal with it the best you can or skip the posts.
One of the "adopted" children I am most proud of is one whom the school system failed miserably. By the time she dropped out she was supporting her family (parents AND siblings) by working at McDonald's.
Employment for those who are functionally illiterate are few and far between. Good jobs non-existent. This young lady, from the most abominable background is now a married mother of two, a state employee with a decent salary and benefits who not only completed her high school equivalency test, but has taken a few college courses along the way.
Her spelling still may leave something to be desired, but her heart, determination and character are those which we should all aspire to.
WOW! I can't believe that, almost 24 hours later, this is STILL going on! This will be my last comment on this subject-
What surprises me even more than (the very few) people on here with extremely bad grammar, is how very many people think this is perfectly acceptable! Again, I am not talking about spelling a word or two wrong or not being good at typing-I am talking about BAD GRAMMAR!
If your son/daughter comes home from school and they failed an English test, do say, "that's ok honey-people will figure out what you mean, and if they can't figure it out, that's their problem-not yours"?
My 12 year old niece has better grammar and writes better than some people on here, so you can't blame it on youth. And in my job, I work with LOTS of people from all different countries. Most of these people also use proper English, even though it is their 2nd (or 3rd) language.
You ever hear of the "dumbing down of America"? It's attitudes like a lot of people here have that contribute to that. I don't know about a lot of you, but my parents always stressed the importance of a good education and doing the best you can. And I'm not talking about being a snob and going to an Ivy League college-I am talking about doing your best in whatever situation you are in. If that means paying attention in high school, studying at night, reading...whatever it takes. No, not everyone is going to be great at every subject. (hey-I almost flunked out of algebra!) But come on!
So that's it, I'm done. I'm not picking on anyone in particular. Everyone, including me, has room for improvement. Don't just say, "this is as good as it gets". Hey-we always want to teach our dogs better manners and more tricks, etc. Can't we learn things, too?